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March 12, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

F-35 Still Years Away From Being Ready for Combat



F-35 The F-35 continues to fail the most basic requirements for combat aircraft and commonsense. Despite reforms, the F-35 continues to be unaffordable, its engines continue to be susceptible to fire, and the Pentagon continues to misrepresent its performance.

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Topics: National Security

March 11, 2015

By Phillip Shaverdian

Proposed Bill Curtails N.M.'s Whistleblower Protections



Whistleblower Protections A bill in New Mexico's House of Representatives would, if passed, amend the State's laws and curtail protections of whistleblowers by modifying various definitions and adding new requirements before employees can bring an action against their employer.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

March 9, 2015

By Andre Francisco

FBI Whistleblower Protections ‘Weaker Than at Any Other Agency’



FBI Building A Government Accountability Office report has highlighted the weaknesses of the FBI's whistleblower protection system, including long delays in resolving cases and disclosure rules that no other agency requires.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

March 4, 2015

By Neil Gordon

SIGAR Publishes Newly Declassified Data



Afghan Security Forces The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction updated its latest quarterly report after the Pentagon bowed to pressure and declassified information about Afghan security forces.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 2, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Groups Seek to Ban Secret Election Support by Contractors



Cash Stack In an effort to know more about federal contractors who influence elections, 50 groups have signed on to a letter urging President Obama to tackle the issue of secret political spending that can result in corruption in federal contracting.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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