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September 14, 2017

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Intelligence Committee Signals Concern for Whistleblowers: Will it Lead to Action?



US Air Force intelligence analysts The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence recently signaled a growing concern “about the level of protection afforded to whistleblowers within the IC and the level of insight congressional committees have into their disclosures.”

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

September 13, 2017

By Daniel Van Schooten

Federal Ethics Process Needs to Be Clear and Transparent



Person signing a document The Project On Government Oversight sent a letter to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) urging it to require agencies to issue more comprehensive ethics agreements. This follows a push for more proactive disclosure of ethics waivers.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

September 6, 2017

By Nick Schwellenbach

Disaster Relief Needs Oversight to Stop Waste and Fraud



A Coast Guardsman looks out of a helicopter during search and rescue missions following Hurricane Harvey around Beaumont, Texas, Aug. 30, 2017. As Congress contemplates funding billions of dollars in disaster aid, it should ensure the money is overseen adequately.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

September 1, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Celebrate Labor Day by Diving into Contractor Misconduct Data



A civilian contractor installs bleachers on the flight deck as workers build a basketball arena aboard the USS Carl Vinson. The federal government’s largest contractors have paid a collective total of $2.7 billion in penalties since the 1990s for a wide variety of labor violations, which you can read about in POGO’s Federal Contractor Misconduct Database.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

August 29, 2017

By Andrea Peterson

Trump's Privacy Board Nominee Is a Big Step, But It's Only the First One



Adam Klein Even with a new chairman, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a key government watchdog, won’t be able to return to full strength without a quorum of at least three members.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

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