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June 23, 2014

By POGO Guest Blogger

VA Inspector General wrong to demand POGO records



Celia Wexler Gust blogger Celia Viggo Wexler, a public interest advocate and former journalist, argues that journalism, the public and whistleblowers will benefit if the VA drops its demand for POGO’s records.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

June 23, 2014

By Neil Gordon

SSA Not Timely in Revoking Contractor Data Access Privileges



Private Sign An audit by the Social Security Administration Inspector General found several agency contractor employees continued to have access to its data systems long after they had left the job.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 18, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

High-Speed Trading Cop Used to Represent Wall Street Giants



Financial Oversight A senior regulatory official tasked with policing U.S. financial markets and high-speed trading used to represent firms with a major stake in the government’s oversight of those matters, according to an ethics disclosure form obtained by the Project On Gov

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Topics: Financial Sector

June 18, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Senators Press Defense Secretary on KBR Litigation



Contract Oversight Three senators are demanding answers from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel about a long-running legal battle between KBR and National Guardsmen who claim the company exposed them to toxic chemicals in Iraq.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 13, 2014

By Danielle Brian

We Won't Reveal Our Sources



whistleblowers2 You may have seen that the VA’s Inspector General has issued a subpoena to POGO demanding we turn over the names of all VA whistleblowers who have contacted us in the last month. Under no circumstances does POGO plan to release any information that would c

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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