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August 25, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

To Safeguard the Military, Congress Must Protect Whistleblowers



U.S. Army Soldiers Salute Far too often, whistleblowers are unfairly punished for their efforts to bring accountability to the armed services, and the systems in place to protect them are completely inadequate.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

August 24, 2015

By Jacob Marx

Lockheed Gets Off Far Too Easy for Illegal Lobbying



Sandia National Laboratories Sign Lockheed Martin has been fined over $750 million for contract mismanagement in the last decade, but continues to show little regard for the rules.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

August 24, 2015

By Jacob Marx

NNSA: Not Our Fault if Nuclear Weapons Labs Catch Fire



Firefighters Fire Suppression A new report from the Department of Energy says old fire suppressions systems could be putting nuclear weapons facilities at risk of fire or explosion.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

August 24, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

U.S. Spending in Afghanistan: A Credit to Oversight



U.S. Army Afghanistan Bazaar With billions in U.S. tax dollars still left to be spent on reconstruction in Afghanistan, it’s critical that the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction continue his oversight role.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

August 24, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Pentagon Will Test F-35 Against A-10



Photograph of the A-10 and F-35 Implementing a recommendation from POGO's Center for Defense Information, the Department of Defense announced that they will conduct a fly off between the A-10 and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to determine if the $1.4 trillion program demonstrates t

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Topics: National Security

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