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August 8, 2016

By Carter Salis

Watchdog Uncovers Contractor Fraud in U.S. Humanitarian Aid



Photograph of a patient being treated in Aleppo Hospital. More than $200 million in U.S. humanitarian aid to Syria has been frozen after a government watchdog began investigating allegations of contractor fraud. USAID has come under scrutiny for not implementing much needed financial oversight.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

August 8, 2016

By Carter Salis

Lack of Oversight in Missile Defense Acquisition Leads to Waste



Photograph of the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle prototype A recent report by the Union for Concerned Scientists reveals that more than $40 billion has been spent over 15 years on a missile defense system that has questionable operational ability.

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Topics: National Security

August 4, 2016

By Carter Salis

GAO Report Confirms DOE has Failed to Protect Whistleblowers



Black and White historic photo of the Hanford North Reactor from 1960. At a press conference earlier this month, Senators Markey, McCaskill, and Wyden commented on a new GAO report that details the ineffectiveness of whistleblower protections for contractor employees, and DOE’s infrequent use of its enforcement authority.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources

August 4, 2016

By Danielle Brian

Preventing the Next Watergate



Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton If either Donald Trump or Hillary Clintion are serious about open government and preventing corruption, here are three things they must do before taking office.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

August 4, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

FBI Recognizes Whistleblowers’ Role; Congress Seeks to Improve Protections



Whistleblower whistle FBI Director Comey highlighted the culture change necessary to utilize whistleblower complaints, but legislation is still necessary to protect the jobs of those whistleblowers. The House and Senate have offered a bill that would do that.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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