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January 15, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Congress Reins In Excessive Pensions for Top Brass



Gen. Martin Dempsey Congress addresses the financial costs of star creep by cutting excessive pensions and perks for military officers that are in excess of what they received when they were serving in uniform.

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Topics: National Security

January 14, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

SEC Chair Got Waiver to Oversee Wall Street Law Firm



Mary Jo White Mary Jo White, the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, was granted a waiver last year allowing her to oversee a major corporate law firm that was also a former client of hers.

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Topics: Financial Sector

January 14, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Court Revives False Claims Suit Against Triple Canopy



Contract Oversight A federal appeals court revived a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging private security contractor Triple Canopy concealed the fact that its guards in Iraq lacked basic firearms proficiency.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 13, 2015

By Andre Francisco

Who Controls the Security Clearances Controls the Oversight



Danielle Brian Talking Security Clearances POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian and Mike German from the Brennan Center for Justice discuss who controls security clearances for staffers and how this can negatively impact Congressional oversight.

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 6, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

Ashton Carter Takes Revolving Door to Higher Level



Ashton Carter Many Washington officials have traveled through the revolving door, moving from the private sector to the government and back again. Ashton Carter, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, is part of an elite crowd that has managed to keep a foo

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Topics: National Security

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