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August 12, 2016

By Lexi Curnin

DOT Turns to POGO Data for Contractor Cost Corroboration



Department of Transportation 50th Anniversary Seal The Department of Transportation noted the high cost of service contractors in a recent rule and cited data from a POGO report on the subject to support the agency’s cost analysis.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

August 12, 2016

By David S. Hilzenrath

UPDATE: DOJ Subpoenas Maker of Faulty Blood Testing Devices Spotlighted by POGO



Picture of a drop of blood on thumb. Alere Inc., maker of faulty INRatio blood testing devices, said it has received a Justice Department subpoena for records related to the devices’ accuracy and “interactions with the FDA.”

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Topics: Government Accountability, Public Health and Science

August 10, 2016

By Lexi Curnin

DoD IG to Begin Proactively Releasing its Reports



Aerial shot of the Pentagon (Photo: Flickr / Rudiriet) The DoD Office of Inspector General has committed to proactively releasing its reports and select investigations, rather than requiring a FOIA request for each document.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

August 9, 2016

By Neil Gordon

New Insights into DoD Luxury Villas in Afghanistan



The luxury villas used by the Afghanistan Pentagon Task Force could easily have been featured on MTVs Cribs. A former employee of a controversial Pentagon task force came forward with stories—and photos—of one of the most notorious examples of wasteful spending in the Afghanistan reconstruction.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

August 8, 2016

By Carter Salis

Watchdog Uncovers Contractor Fraud in U.S. Humanitarian Aid



Photograph of a patient being treated in Aleppo Hospital. More than $200 million in U.S. humanitarian aid to Syria has been frozen after a government watchdog began investigating allegations of contractor fraud. USAID has come under scrutiny for not implementing much needed financial oversight.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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