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June 12, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Congressional Watchdog Confirms Weapon-Testing Benefits



Screenshot of the DOT & E Logo The most recent report by the Government Accountability Office confirms the benefits of weapon testing and proves just how wrong industry critics are about the alleged costs and delays caused by independent, realistic weapons testing.

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Topics: National Security

June 11, 2015

By Danielle Brian

POGO Stands by Army Whistleblower Lt. Col. Jason Amerine



Screenshot of Lt. Colonel Jason Luke Amerine Lt. Col. Jason Amerine, who his today testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, is being retaliated against for making protected whistleblower disclosures to House Armed Services committee member Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) regarding dysfunctions in recovering American hostages, including Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. POGO stands by Lt. Col. Amerine and urges Congress to expand protections for all military whistleblowers.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, National Security

June 10, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Government Charge Cards Still Being Abused



Gambling at a casino table Government charge card spending abuses are reoccurring, and records obtained by POGO show that the problem is worse than imagined.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 10, 2015

By POGO Staff

POGO Honored for Coverage of VA Scandal, Prosecutorial Misconduct, Revolving Door



Michael Smallberg, David Hilzenrath, and Lydia Dennett at the 2015 SPJDC Chapter Awards POGO won five awards for excellence in journalism Tuesday from the Society of Professional Journalists D.C. Chapter, making it the biggest winner when the 2015 awards were announced at the National Press Club.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

June 9, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Navy Officials May Have Illegally Lobbied on Sub Fund



Photo of Rear Admiral Joseph Tofalo Navy efforts to establish an off-budget Sea-Based Deterrence Fund may have included illegal grassroots lobbying by Navy leadership to garner congressional support. POGO sent a letter to the GAO asking them to investigate remarks made by Admiral John Richar

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Topics: National Security

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Podcast; Social Media, Internet Provides Opportunities, Challenges for Lawmakers

The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.