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February 10, 2015

By Phillip Shaverdian

Agency Rules and Regulations Are Not Laws



Robert MacLean The Supreme Court ruled that disclosures of information prohibited by agency rules or regulations are not “specifically prohibited by law” and therefore do not qualify as an exemption under the Whistleblower Protection Act.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

February 9, 2015

By Joe Newman

Air Force May Not Love the A-10 But These Tweets Would Disagree



A-10 What does Twitter think about the Air Force’s plans to mothball the A-10 Warthog? Here are some of the tweets that caught our attention.

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Topics: National Security

February 9, 2015

By Joe Newman

Air Force Data on Friendly Fire, Civilian Casualties Was Manipulated Against A-10



A-10 The Air Force manipulated data and omitted key stats in order to skew a comparison of civilian casualties and friendly fire deaths caused by close air support aircraft in Afghanistan, according to an analysis released today by POGO.

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Topics: National Security

February 5, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Air Force General Should be Held Accountable



photograph of Major General James Post The Project On Government Oversight was joined by a group of concerned organizations and individuals in writing Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to express our concern about Maj. Gen. James Posts' statement and the implications it has on military whis

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

February 4, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

Nuclear Official Allowed to Oversee Former Client



Frank Kotz at Y-12 The head of the National Nuclear Security Administration received an ethics waiver that allowed him to oversee the Bechtel Corporation—a federal contractor he had previously advised on its successful bid to manage facilities in the nuclear weapons complex.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

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