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March 15, 2016

By Justin Rood

Group of Bipartisan Experts Reveal Dirty Legislative Secret



U.S. Capitol A bipartisan group of experts are pointing out a dirty secret of the legislative branch: its penchant for funding new agencies and programs far outpaces its investment in staff to oversee all of it.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 14, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

VA Inspector General Confronted over Feeble Investigations



Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington DC In a letter to the President, Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner put the VA's Office of the Inspector General in the spotlight over how it failed to fully investigate allegations of secret wait lists for mental health patients.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

March 11, 2016

By Sean Moulton

Bill May Finally Make Congressional Research Reports Public



Computer keyboard internet online A new bill introduced in Congress would require that Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports be posted online by the Government Printing Office so the public would finally have easy, free access to the informative materials.

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Topics: Open Government

March 9, 2016

By Neil Gordon

A Guaranteed Taxpayer Rip-Off?



U.S. Navy Ship Contractors San Antonio Class The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard are "essentially rewarding" contractors for producing defective ships, according to a recent GAO report.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 3, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

FBI Improves eFOIA by Dropping ID Requirement



Photo of hands holding a computer tablet with the word eFOIA Amid significant outcry, the FBI has responded by removing the controversial ID requirement from the newest version of its web-based FOIA system.

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Topics: Open Government

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The Project On Government Oversight's Dan Grazier recently sat down with Tom Christie, a former Director of Operational Test & Evaluation at the DoD from 2001-2005, to talk about the critical need for realistic combat testing before the Pentagon buys new weapons.