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March 26, 2015

By Jacob Marx

The Pentagon’s Wartime Slush Fund



National Security It’s called the Overseas Contingency Operations Account, or OCO, and it’s the Pentagon’s warfighting fund. Or at least it’s supposed to be. Instead, it has become a slush fund for Pentagon programs that have no connection to our war efforts.

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Topics: National Security

March 26, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

IRS Whistleblower Office: A Taxing Affair



Whistleblower Protections No one likes a tax cheat, but questions remain about whether the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Whistleblower Office is doing enough to incentivize and reward whistleblowers who report tax violations.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

March 24, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

In Carter We Trust?



Tammy Duckworth on Contractor Spending Representative Duckworth wants more information about Defense Department efforts to hire the appropriate workforce and to use contractor inventories for budgetary and readiness purposes.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 23, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

SANE Act Reintroduced; Would Save Taxpayers Tens of Billions



B61 Bomb Rack The reintroduced SANE Act, if passed, would save taxpayers an estimated $100 billion dollars over the next 10 years, in part by implementing reforms that POGO has been advocating for years.

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Topics: National Security

March 20, 2015

By David S. Hilzenrath

State Department Watchdog Didn’t Bark About Clinton Email



State Department The State Department Inspector General gathered data a year ago showing that few Department emails were being preserved as official records, but the internal watchdog did not release the report until Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account became a top story.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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