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January 7, 2016

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Is the U.S. Embassy in Kabul the next Benghazi?



Kabul Afghanistan Camp Sullivan Gates Exclusive photos and eyewitness accounts of new attack raises concerns (again) about safety of U.S. embassy in Afghanistan.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

January 7, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Organizations Demand Investigation of Insider Threat Program



Intelligence Whistleblower Security Hacking POGO was joined by 21 other civil society organizations across the political spectrum in requesting Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough to investigate whether the Insider Threat Program is being used to improperly target whistleblow

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

January 4, 2016

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Senator Who Fought Wasteful Super Collider Passes Away



Dale Bumpers Dale Bumpers, former Senator and Governor from Arkansas, passed away on January 1 at the age of 90. While in the Senate he led the fight with POGO to cancel the Superconducting Super Collider program, and worked to reform hard rock mining laws.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources, National Security

December 23, 2015

By David S. Hilzenrath

After Problems Revealed, FDA Seeks Solutions for Blood Testing Devices



Picture of a drop of blood on thumb. The FDA has scheduled a public meeting to discuss issues related to the safety and effectiveness of point of care PT/INR blood testing devices. The devices measure the clotting rates of patients on the blood thinner warfarin and are used to prevent incorre

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Topics: Public Health and Science

December 23, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Congress Locks Pentagon into Commercial Item Ripoffs



Screenshot of the cover of Report number DODIG-2014-088 New legislation and industry concerns might have killed a Defense Department commercial item buying rule that would have prevented wasteful spending. We'll have to wait until next year, but it certainly looks like the Pentagon is locked into more bad deals

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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