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February 23, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Unworthy Tribute: FEMA Contract Raises Disaster Preparedness Concerns



Puerto Ricans recieving food, water, and medical supplies after Huricane Maria. The failure of a small, inexperienced company to deliver meals to Puerto Rico disaster survivors highlights the need for improved federal contracting.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 20, 2018

By Laura Peterson

Enforcement of Environmental Laws Drops Under Trump Administration



Cleanup of bedrock in a river polluted by General Electric Budget, staffing, and leadership decisions have resulted in fewer investigations and prosecutions of polluters.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

February 13, 2018

By David Janovsky

The President v. The Courts



The Supreme Court with a blue and red overlay Past U.S. presidents of both parties have threatened to undermine the authority of the third branch. Do President Trump’s attacks cross a red line?

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Topics: Justice System

February 8, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Homeland Security Falling Short in Managing Risky Contractors



FEMA Operation Blue Roof A new report from the Department of Homeland Security’s watchdog found shortcomings in the agency’s suspension and debarment program, undermining safeguards that protect taxpayers from poorly performing or lawbreaking contractors and other federal fund rec

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 7, 2018

By Daniel Van Schooten

Insider Threat Programs Could Chill Whistleblowing, Agency Warns



A blue whistle against a black backdrop. New guidance from the Office of Special Counsel warns federal agencies that non-disclosure agreements, insider threat programs, and employee monitoring programs may violate whistleblower protections.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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