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February 7, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

Head of SEC Given Waiver to Oversee Past Client



Mary Jo White Mary Jo White, the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), will be allowed to oversee her former client, Credit Suisse, according to a new ethics waiver the U.S. Office of Government Ethics posted to its website this week.

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Topics: Financial Sector

February 6, 2014

By Christine Anderson

Pentagon Slush Fund Must Be Drawn Down



Government Accountability Today, the Project On Government Oversight joined a broad coalition of groups – from the fiscally conservative to socially progressive – in drawing attention to “the continued use of a ‘slush fund’ to circumvent the very spending caps that Congress itself put in place.”

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Topics: National Security

February 5, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Senator Questions Retirement Perks for Generals and Admirals



Generals Senator Ayotte has raised an important issue: whether a special pension enhancement for generals should be revoked following Congress’s decision to cut cost-of-living adjustments for military retirees.

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Topics: National Security

February 5, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Rep. Issa Opens Investigation into Navy Fraud



Darrell Issa In response to the string of embarrassing scandals, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), is opening an investigation into contracting fraud at the Navy.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 4, 2014

By Andre Francisco

New Video: The Jet that Ate the Pentagon



F-35 Video Winslow Wheeler A new video from Brave New Films highlights the continued problems with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the most expensive weapons system in history. The video features POGO's Winslow Wheeler and POGO alum Ben Freeman.

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Topics: National Security

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