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July 13, 2016

By David S. Hilzenrath

FDA Says Faulty Devices Had "Minimal" Impact on Trial Led by New Boss



Picture of a drop of blood on thumb. The FDA said faulty INRatio blood testing devices had “minimal” impact on a clinical trial of blood thinner Xarelto that FDA head Robert Califf co-chaired.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Public Health and Science

July 13, 2016

By David S. Hilzenrath

Faulty Blood Testing Devices to Be Withdrawn from Market



Photograph of a finger prick with blood drop Alere, maker of INRatio blood testing devices whose potentially fatal flaws POGO spotlighted, said it is taking the machines off the market.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Public Health and Science

July 11, 2016

By Lane Corrigan

Purchase Cards Cut Red Tape but Not Spending



Photograph of Purchase Cards or Credit Cards A new GAO report finds room for improvement in how federal agencies analyze purchases made on government purchase cards. When agencies don’t fully review their receipts, they miss opportunities to leverage their buying power and find discounts.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 8, 2016

By Carter Salis

Amendment to Protect State Dept. Whistleblower a First Step



Screenshot of President George H.W. Bush signing the 1989 Whistleblower Protection Act. Representative Sean Duffy introduced an amendment to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act that would protect a federal whistleblower who refused to break federal regulations. The amendment highlights vulnerabilities in whistlebl

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

July 7, 2016

By Daniel Grossman

GSA Will Track Government Orders but Will Lose Discount Info



Photograph of numbers, calculator and reading glasses The General Services Administration announced it dropped two commercial price protection clauses from its acquisition policy and added one that would better track pricing from the federal marketplace. But the new policy is concerning because it makes it ea

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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