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January 3, 2017

By Lydia Dennett

Following Public Backlash House Members Drop Amendment to Gut Ethics Office



US Capitol in the evening in black and white Following public outcry and criticism from groups like POGO, the House reversed a previous decision to significantly weaken the independence of the Office of Congressional Ethics. Unfortunately the new rules for the 115th Congress did not include reforms t

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

January 3, 2017

By Ari Goldberg

Take Action: Ethics Office Should Be Strengthened, Not Eviscerated



Photo of the US Capitol at Night The Project On Government Oversight urges everyone to contact their Member of Congress to oppose a rule change proposed by House Judiciary Committee Chair Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) to undermine the independence of the Office of Congressional Ethi

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

December 21, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Whistleblowing Linked to Decrease in Financial Misconduct



Whistleblower whistle New research from the University of Iowa shows a sharp reduction in incidents of financial misconduct at companies following whistleblowing investigations, as reported by The New York Times.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

December 14, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Judge Sides with Marine in Information-Mishandling Case



U.S. Marine Corps flag A federal judge determined that a board of inquiry that had initially recommended Marine Corps Major Jason Brezler’s discharge for mishandling classified information in 2013 had unjustly withheld documents that would have been key to his defense.

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Topics: National Security

December 16, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Federal Fraud Recoveries Bounce Back in FY 2016



Cash Stack The Justice Department recovered more than $4.7 billion through False Claims Act cases in fiscal year 2016—a sizable increase over last year’s total, and the federal government’s third highest annual fraud recovery ever.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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