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July 1, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Just in Time for its 50th Anniversary, FOIA is Improved



Photograph of the US Flag POGO broke down some of the biggest improvements in the freshly signed FOIA Improvement Act of 2016.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 30, 2016

By Lexi Curnin

Bipartisan Letter Questions Watchdog’s Whistleblower Program



Photograph of Senator Charles Grassley A Congressional letter, signed by Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD), raises concerns first raised by the Government Accountability Office and POGO about the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General's handling of whistleblower cases.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

June 30, 2016

By Neil Gordon

McDonnell Decision a Setback for Anti-Corruption Efforts



Photograph of Cash in envelope in Hands Ex-Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s actions were “distasteful” and “tawdry,” according to the Supreme Court, but not bribery.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 30, 2016

By Mandy Smithberger

Would You Buy a Car Without Knowing the Sticker Price?



The Price is Secret B-21 Graphic The Air Force claims the mystery price tag is necessary to prevent adversaries from learning too much about the B-21 aircraft.

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Topics: National Security

June 23, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Indicted GSA Official is a Blast from POGO’s Past



GSA Building 120 Bells went off when we saw that former GSA official Helen “Renee” Ballard was indicted for a fraud and nepotism scheme involving large federal contractor CACI. Flashback to 2006…

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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