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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

June 20, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Federal Suspensions and Debarments Drop in FY 2015



Computer Charts Analytics The government’s use of suspension and debarment to keep federal funds out of the hands of risky recipients declined for the first time in many years. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 16, 2016

By Adam Zagorin

Senior VA Official Investigated for Possible Conflict with Husband’s Business



Rosye Cloud 310 Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General Investigates Senior VA Official Rosye Cloud for Possible Conflict of Interest with Her Husband's software business, as Secretary Robert McDonald Struggles to Refirm Scandal-Plagued Agency.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 14, 2016

By Daniel Grossman

DoD Expands Troubling Insider Threat Program to Contractors



Aerial shot of the Pentagon (Photo: Flickr / Rudiriet) DoD now requires contractors to implement Insider Threat Programs aimed at stopping unauthorized disclosures of classified information, but several organizations are concerned that these programs will also be used to silence whistleblowers exposing governm

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, National Security

June 13, 2016

By Ari Goldberg

POGO: Passage of FOIA Reform a Victory for Democracy



FOIA - Freedom of Information Act The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) today applauds House passage of the bipartisan FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, which President Obama has pledged to sign.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

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