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June 25, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

House Continues Overspending Spree with New Defense Bill



F-35 Last week, the House approved its largest annual individual spending bill, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act 2015. While the House adopted some common-sense reform amendments, the bill adds more than $3 billion in funding for unnecessary procu

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Topics: National Security

June 24, 2014

By Michelle Li

DoD IG Reviews Federal Program to Combat Human Trafficking



Handcuffs The DoD Inspector General has released a report on the Combating Trafficking in Persons program, which is meant to implement the DoD's zero-tolerance policy regarding human trafficking.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 24, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Senator’s Report on VA Hospitals Explores Widespread Problems



Veterans Affairs Seal A new report based on a year-long investigation of the VA healthcare system suggests that problems go far beyond improper scheduling practices.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 23, 2014

By POGO Guest Blogger

VA Inspector General wrong to demand POGO records



Celia Wexler Gust blogger Celia Viggo Wexler, a public interest advocate and former journalist, argues that journalism, the public and whistleblowers will benefit if the VA drops its demand for POGO’s records.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

June 23, 2014

By Neil Gordon

SSA Not Timely in Revoking Contractor Data Access Privileges



Private Sign An audit by the Social Security Administration Inspector General found several agency contractor employees continued to have access to its data systems long after they had left the job.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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