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December 3, 2014

By Joe Newman

Former Senate Investigator to Lead POGO’s New Congressional Oversight Initiative



U.S. Capitol Justin Rood, a former Senate investigator and award-winning journalist, has joined the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) to direct its new Congressional Oversight Initiative.

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Topics: Government Accountability

December 3, 2014

By Neil Gordon

DOJ Announces Record-Setting Year for Fraud Recovery



Cash Stack Fiscal year 2014 was a record-setting year for fraud recoveries under the False Claims Act: the Department of Justice clawed back nearly $5.7 billion in taxpayer money.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 26, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

POGO Asks Pentagon to Keep Tabs on Service Contract Spending



Contract Oversight POGO is concerned that there is a concerted effort by Department of Defense officials to willfully breach laws and congressional mandates to implement an improved service contract tracking system. Rather than implement an effective inventory system, as req

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 24, 2014

By Andre Francisco

Why Critics of Transparency Are Wrong



Open Government A new paper from the Brookings Institution argues that not only is transparency not what is holding back Congress, but that increasing openness is the best method to fight government dysfunction.

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Topics: Open Government

November 21, 2014

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Awaiting Answers from DOE IG on Whistleblower’s Accusations



whistleblowers2 The Department of Energy's Inspector General has yet to deliver answers about the firing of whistleblower Dr. James Doyle and the underlying ambiguous classification procedures used by DOE and its contractors.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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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.