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July 27, 2017

By Nicholas Pacifico

SecDef Mattis Commends IG Efforts and Highlights DoD Shortcomings



Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis uses an Inspector General report on Department of Defense misspending in Afghanistan to highlight agency-wide issues.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 27, 2017

By Nick Schwellenbach

POGO Unveils Tool to Help Federal Whistleblowers Know Their Rights



Know Your Rights Website POGO’s new “Know Your Rights” tool is a starting point for federal whistleblowers who want to understand what the law protects and what it doesn’t.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

July 24, 2017

By Jean Carlos Baez Rosario

One Huge Unanswered Question in Key Surveillance Debate



Surveillance Camera The intelligence community has yet to provide an estimate of US persons whose information have been collected by government surveillance programs. Meanwhile, a key internal government watchdog remains powerless to provide recommendations on the issue.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 21, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Will Trump Privatize the Afghanistan War?



Soldier in Afghanistan Last week brought disturbing news that two prominent voices from the private security industry— Erik Prince and Stephen Feinberg—are trying to convince the Pentagon to let private security firms replace American troops in Afghanistan. We explain why this i

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

July 19, 2017

By Mandy Smithberger

Congress is Afraid to be Responsible for Our Current Wars



Troops heading back to helicopter House leadership used a procedural gimmick to block an amendment offered by Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) in order to avoid an up or down vote to authorize our current wars.

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Topics: National Security

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