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April 14, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Why is DOE Still Funding Fights against Whistleblowers?



Senator Ed Markey wrote to the Secretary of Energy seeking answers about the Department's practice of reimbursing legal costs incurred by contractors in cases where they committed illegal conduct such as discrimination or whistleblower retaliation.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources, Contract Oversight

April 12, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Improprieties Found in Navy Port Service Contracts



Photo of USS Truxton (DDG 103) refuels at sea with USNS Leroy Grumman. An audit conducted in response to a massive Navy contract bribery scandal found significant weaknesses in the Navy’s management of port service contractors, as well as several improper—and potentially fraudulent—practices by the Navy and its contractors.

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

April 7, 2016

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

B-21 Comes with a Stealth Final Price Tag



B-21 Bomber Rendering Despite requests by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, the Air Force isn't releasing the final contract value for the B-21, the new Long Range Strike Bomber, arguing that estimates are good enough.

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Topics: Open Government, National Security, Contract Oversight

March 28, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

Persistent Deficiencies in Compensation for Nuclear Workers



NNSA Nuclear Dismantlement A recent GAO report highlights progress, but also problems, in the implementation of a program that compensates workers who became sick as a result of producing and testing nuclear weapons.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 24, 2016

By David S. Hilzenrath

FDA to Tighten Standards for Blood-Test Devices



Venipuncture Tackling a problem POGO spotlighted, the FDA plans to tighten standards for error-prone blood-testing devices linked to deaths and injuries in patients taking the blood thinner warfarin.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Public Health and Science

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