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March 18, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

DHS Took 9 Years to Reject FOIA Request for Katrina Records



New Orleans After a delay of over nine years, POGO finally received a response to a 2006 FOIA request regarding a potential conflict of interest when four massive sole-sourced contracts were awarded without any objective evaluation criteria.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

March 15, 2016

By David S. Hilzenrath

Drug Problems: Did Bad Blood Tests Turn a Clinical Trial into a Mistrial?



Photograph of Prescription Drugs on Twenty Dollar Bills Recent studies by the European Medicines Agency and a team based at Duke University dismissed concerns that malfunctioning testing devices compromised a clinical trial of the blood thinner Xarelto, but each of those studies leaves questions.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

March 15, 2016

By Justin Rood

Group of Bipartisan Experts Reveal Dirty Legislative Secret



U.S. Capitol A bipartisan group of experts are pointing out a dirty secret of the legislative branch: its penchant for funding new agencies and programs far outpaces its investment in staff to oversee all of it.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 14, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

VA Inspector General Confronted over Feeble Investigations



Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington DC In a letter to the President, Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner put the VA's Office of the Inspector General in the spotlight over how it failed to fully investigate allegations of secret wait lists for mental health patients.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

March 11, 2016

By Sean Moulton

Bill May Finally Make Congressional Research Reports Public



Computer keyboard internet online A new bill introduced in Congress would require that Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports be posted online by the Government Printing Office so the public would finally have easy, free access to the informative materials.

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Topics: Open Government

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