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December 9, 2015

By Daniel Van Schooten

New York Times Reveals a Revolving Door in Housing Finance



Department of Housing and Urban Development Building The revolving door in housing finance begs the question of whether some officials ever stop working for banks.

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Topics: Financial Sector

December 8, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Drawing a Bead on Contractor Misconduct



L-3 Communications EOTech military police gun Last month's announcement that defense contractor L-3 Communications will pay over $25 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit for selling defective gun sights left us with mixed feelings.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

December 7, 2015

By Daniel Van Schooten

Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back as FBI Launches “eFOIA”



Photo of hands holding a computer tablet with the word eFOIA The FBI has created a new online portal for FOIA requests. Unfortunately, the potential benefits of the system are overshadowed by arbitrary and unnecessary restrictions to submitting the FOIA requests.

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Topics: Open Government

December 3, 2015

By Nicholas Pacifico

Don’t Let the Revolving Door Hit You On the Way Out: DoD IG Jon Rymer Resigns with Little to Show For Himself



Photograph of the Pentagon with an inset photo of Department of Defense Inspector General Jon Rymer DoD IG Rymer has resigned after only two years. His questionable decisions and lack of accomplishments highlight the importance of having good Inspector Generals.

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Topics: Government Accountability

December 3, 2015

By Neil Gordon

DoD Task Force Blew $150 Million on Posh Digs



Photograph of a Task Force villas in Kabul, included in 11/25/15 letter from Special Inspector General John Sopko to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter The Pentagon task force responsible for the $43 million gas station in Afghanistan now stands accused of wasting millions on lavish private housing.

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