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May 19, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

After 45 Years, Deadly Silica Rule Finalized



Photo of a construction worker cutting cement resulting in a cloud of silica dust. Last month, OSHA overcame more than four decades of industry influence, bureaucratic hurdles, and political delays to finalize a rule reducing the amount of potentially lethal silica dust workers can be exposed to.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

May 18, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Contractor Gets Slap on the Wrist for Nuke Bomb Mix-up



B61 Bomb Rack The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) slammed the contractor managing two nuclear facilities, the Pantex Site and the Y-12 National Security Complex, in its annual review citing, among other things, a mistake with production of the B61-12 nuc

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Topics: National Security

May 17, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Senate Raises Concerns Over Energy Watchdog Nominee’s Independence



Screen capture from IG nomination of Senator Ron Wyden Last week, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing to review Susan Beard, the current nominee for the Department of Energy Inspector General position. Several Senators, including Chairwoman Murkowski and Senator Wyden, questione

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Topics: Government Accountability, Energy and Natural Resources

May 16, 2016

By Phoebe Bodkin

VA Continues to Manipulate Wait-Time Data



Department of Veterans Affairs VA Building VA medical centers continue to manipulate wait-time data, and newly enrolled veterans are waiting far too long for appointments.

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Topics: Government Accountability

May 13, 2016

By Phoebe Bodkin

Shay Assad is Maligned, His Pro-Taxpayer Initiatives Blocked



Shay Assad Pentagon DoD Pricing Shay Assad, DoD’s director of Defense Pricing, has been legally blocked from implementing pro-taxpayer initiates thanks to successful lobbying by contractors.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

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