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March 16, 2015

By Andre Francisco

VA Executive May Have Directed IG to Smear Employee



Veterans Affairs Seal The Inspectors General of the Treasury Department and the Veterans Affairs Department are battling it out over whether the VA IG retaliated against a former employee by issuing a report alleging the employee engaged in serious misconduct.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 13, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Pentagon Tries to Bury Latest Afghanistan Report



Open Government Recent actions by the Pentagon justify the public's concern that the government is not being completely forthright about what's happening in Afghanistan.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 12, 2015

By Jacob Marx

Party Like It’s 2007: IG Blasts Fannie Mae over Risk Management



Fannie Mae Failing to change the culture and quality of risk auditing could cause Fannie Mae to repeat the mistakes of the financial crisis.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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

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