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July 24, 2015

By Danielle Brian

Department of Justice’s Decision Undercuts, Weakens Federal Watchdogs



U.S. Capitol IGs cannot be effective watchdogs on behalf of Congress and the American public if they have to negotiate with agency leaders for access to records on a case-by-case basis.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 24, 2015

By Daniel Shlien

Watching the Watchdogs: GAO Finds Problems with Commerce IG



Todd Zinser A recent GAO report highlights deficiencies of the Commerce Department's Office of Inspector General under the former IG.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 23, 2015

By Lyndle Berryhill

DoD Reply to 2010 FOIA: Go to the Army



POGO's 2010 FOIA request After five years, POGO finally receives a FOIA response from the Department of Defense...sort of.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 23, 2015

By Daniel Shlien

Dodd-Frank Turns Five; Too Soon to Celebrate?



President Obama Signs Dodd Frank The Dodd-Frank Act turns five this week. POGO's review of the law's implementation at one agency shows that the anniversary is full of both promise and disappointment.

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Topics: Financial Sector

July 21, 2015

By Danielle Brian

We’re Not Impressed with DoD Inspector General’s Lackluster Investigation of Navy Officials



Navy Admiral John Richardson Unfortunately we're not surprised to find that the Department of Defense Inspector General did not hold senior Pentagon officials accountable.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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