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July 24, 2014

By Neil Gordon

U.S. Using Unsafe Burn Pit in Afghanistan—Again



Burn Pit The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found unsafe and illegal solid waste disposal practices at Shindand Airbase.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 24, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Whistleblowers 'Hung Out to Dry'



NSA NPR reporter David Welna profiled two of those whistleblowers, Bill Binney and Thomas Drake, for Morning Edition this week. He also spoke to POGO’s executive director about the complicated politics of whistleblower protections.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

July 22, 2014

By Michelle Li

President Obama Must Seek Resignation of NRC’s Magwood



William Magwood POGO wrote to President Obama urging him to seek NRC Commissioner William Magwood's immediate resignation in light of the Commissioner's acceptance of the head job for a pro-industry association. Magwood has stated his intent to stay on at the Nuclear Regu

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

July 22, 2014

By Andre Francisco

New Analysis on Old Reports of Nuclear Risk



Nuclear Symbol The risk of a catastrophe from nuclear weapons is far above any acceptable level, according to the analysis of a previously-unreleased report from 1957.

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Topics: National Security

July 22, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

Official Gets Waiver to Oversee Obamacare Contractor



Slavitt A veteran of the health insurance industry has been granted a waiver to oversee his former company while he plays a leading role in the government’s efforts to implement Obamacare.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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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.