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January 14, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Millions of Dollars Wasted in Afghan Extractives Program



Afghanistan Mining Dig Extractive The Pentagon Task Force that spent $43 million on a gas station and $150 million on luxury villas might have wasted up to $54 million on efforts to revive Afghanistan's oil, gas, and minerals industries.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 14, 2016

By Dan Grazier

Pentagon’s “Force of the Future” Report a Near Miss



Defense Secretary Ashton Carter A leaked document obtained by the Project On Government Oversight reveals just how much was left out of Secretary Carter's recent reforms to the military's personnel system. POGO breaks down the changes so far.

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Topics: National Security

January 12, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

House Starts 2016 with FOIA Reform; Eyes on the Senate Now



POGO's 2010 FOIA request The House of Representatives passed the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act, the bipartisan answer to problems that have plagued those who use the Freedom of Information Act for years. It is now up to the Senate to pass this important legislation and get

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 12, 2016

By Jacob Marx

Once Upon a Time in Los Alamos



Los Alamos National Lab New Mexico In a new book, Los Alamos: A Whistleblower’s Diary: Secret Colony, Hidden Truths, Chuck Montano, a former auditor at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL), raises a number of questions about an alleged suicide near the premises.

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Topics: Open Government, Energy and Natural Resources

January 8, 2016

By Sean Moulton

9/11 Responders Get Permanent Health Care Benefits



9/11 First Responders Congress deserves credit for finally passing permanent health care benefits for 9/11 responders as 2015 was winding down.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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Fly Before You Buy: Tom Christie on Realistic Combat Testing

The Project On Government Oversight's Dan Grazier recently sat down with Tom Christie, a former Director of Operational Test & Evaluation at the DoD from 2001-2005, to talk about the critical need for realistic combat testing before the Pentagon buys new weapons.