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November 17, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Whitefish Exposes Contracts Lacking Oversight Teeth



Cleanup after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico Whitefish Energy’s controversial contract to restore power in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico highlights systemic federal contracting problems.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 16, 2017

By Daniel Van Schooten

Agency Vacancies May Impact Veterans, School Lunches, and More



Former Under Secretary visits a school lunch program Starting on November 16, the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 will make life harder for government officials working in “acting” capacity, and may impact important government operations.

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Topics: Government Accountability

November 13, 2017

By Amelia Strauss

Some Agencies Yet to Implement IT Oversight Reforms, GAO Reports



Person holding a magnifying glass over a computer with code The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report assessing implementation of reforms meant to reduce waste in federal agency IT investment.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Agency Rulemaking

November 8, 2017

By Mia Steinle

Homeland Security’s Top Watchdog Pulled Documents from its Website



Screenshot of the FOIA Reading Room from the DHS OIG website The Department of Homeland Security removed from its website documents cataloging misconduct allegations against its employees but failed to inform the public why it did so.

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Topics: Open Government

November 7, 2017

By David S. Hilzenrath

Whistleblowing Could Leave Oil Rig Workers at Risk



 Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. Offshore oil and gas workers who the blow the whistle on workplace safety hazards lack federal protections, and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is considering dropping its recommendation to fill that gap.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources

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