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January 13, 2014

By Neil Gordon

2013: The Year in Federal Fraud Recoveries



Contract Oversight The federal False Claims Act -- still a potent anti-fraud weapon after 150 years.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 10, 2014

By Angela Canterbury

Effort to Discredit Snowden Short on Evidence; Ignores Need for NSA Reform



Surveillance Cameras Last June, we learned that the U.S. government was spying on Americans. Since then, we have learned much more, such as that the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ communications by Americans has not been essential to preventing terrorist attacks and that the system of oversight for intelligence activities is broken.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

January 9, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Loophole in Law May Allow Pentagon Savings to Escape



National Security A loophole in the Budget Control Act gives congressional appropriators wiggle room to avoid required Pentagon savings as they put the final touches on a new defense spending bill.

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Topics: National Security

January 9, 2014

By Christine Anderson

Groups Call On Congress to Enact Sensible Pentagon Savings



National Security Groups with diverse interests and ideologies come together to call for smart defense spending on the upcoming omnibus appropriations in Congress.

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Topics: National Security

January 9, 2014

By Mia Steinle

Once Plagued by Scandal, Interior Dept. Promotes Good Ethics



Ethics Book The Interior Department's plain English guide to ethics is an encouraging improvement from a government agency once plagued by scandals.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

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