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November 21, 2017

By Nick Schwellenbach

Department of Homeland Security Threatens to Muzzle Its Watchdog from Reporting on Trump’s Travel Ban



Newark Airport CBP 120 The watchdog at the Department of Homeland Security found DHS violated court orders during the rollout of Trump’s travel ban. But the watchdog’s full findings are being blocked by DHS from public release.

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Topics: Government Accountability

November 21, 2017

By Laura Peterson

Where's the Public Among the Royalty Policy Committee's Interests?



Wyoming coal mine 120 The Department of Interior’s new Royalty Policy Committee gets too much input from industry and too little from civil society.

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Topics: Open Government, Energy and Natural Resources

November 20, 2017

By Peter Tyler

Inspector General Empowerment Act Passage Already Helping Our Federal Watchdogs



Magnifying glass with cash Leaders from the Inspector General community testified before Congress last week on challenges facing these key federal watchdogs, and laid out recommendations that would allow improved oversight of federal programs and spending.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

November 17, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Whitefish Exposes Contracts Lacking Oversight Teeth



Cleanup after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico Whitefish Energy’s controversial contract to restore power in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico highlights systemic federal contracting problems.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 16, 2017

By Daniel Van Schooten

Agency Vacancies May Impact Veterans, School Lunches, and More



Former Under Secretary visits a school lunch program Starting on November 16, the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 will make life harder for government officials working in “acting” capacity, and may impact important government operations.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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