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CIA Inspector General Nominee Has Three Open Whistleblower Retaliation Cases Implicating Him

October 16, 2017
One of the most important duties of an Inspector General is to enforce high professional and ethical standards in their agency. Yet in the case of CIA Inspector General nominee Christopher Sharpley, the White House has selected someone who has several unresolved allegations of retaliation against whistleblowers to lead this key watchdog office.


Jeff Sessions Is in Charge of a Bribery Prosecution Involving Two of His Top Donors

October 26, 2017

In recent months, a political bribery scandal has gripped Alabama, ensnaring one state lawmaker and casting attention on the actions of other Alabama politicians, including the one ultimately responsible for overseeing the bribery case and potential environmental litigation: Attorney General Jeff Sessions.


Slave Labor Widespread at ICE Detention Centers, Lawyers Say

September 7, 2017

A growing body of legal experts says paying people in detention centers $1 per day to work violates minimum wage laws and the Constitution.


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What the Menendez Case Tells Us About the State of U.S. Public Corruption Law

November 16, 2017 | Nick Schwellenbach

It is relatively rare for politicians to face criminal prosecution despite the perception that they work for big campaign donors rather than for their own constituents. A number of Supreme Court decisions partly explain why so few cases are brought.

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The New Normal—America Needs to Up Its Game When Responding to Natural Disasters

October 31, 2017 | Peter Tyler

The United States must improve how it responds to major natural disasters, including how it budgets before disasters occur.

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Luther Strange's Chief Fundraiser Tied to Ongoing Bribery Investigation, New Documents Show

September 20, 2017 | Nick Schwellenbach

Previously unreported documents obtained by the Project On Government Oversight shows the lead fundraiser for Senator Luther Strange’s reelection campaign is connected to an ongoing federal public corruption investigation.

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Whistleblower Lawsuit Charges Illegal Retaliation, Dangerous Practices at CIA’s Elite Directorate of Operations

August 24, 2017 | Adam Zagorin

Exclusive: Federal lawsuit alleges dangerous practices at a CIA base in war zone, whistleblower retaliation by top Agency spymaster and failure of CIA Inspector General to investigate the case in a timely manner.

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Key Government Privacy Watchdog Muzzled During Surveillance Debate

June 26, 2017 | Andrea Peterson

The independent government agency that’s supposed to ensure your privacy and civil liberties are respected by surveillance programs is practically paralyzed as Congress is debating key spying powers.

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The US Military's Iran Connection?

June 7, 2017 | Adam Zagorin

KGL Chairman Saed Dashti charged in criminal fraud and money laundering case. Estimated losses to investors: more than $160 million.

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Trump's Ethics Pledge Is Paper-Thin

June 6, 2017 | Daniel Van Schooten, Laura Peterson

Federal agencies provided few details on how they are addressing political appointees' potential conflicts of interest during the Trump administration.

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ICE’s Private Detention Centers Keep Data Under Lock and Key

May 3, 2017 | Mia Steinle

Hundreds of thousands of people are held for varying amounts of time in America’s privately run detention centers every year. But good luck trying to piece together the sparse data that the federal government makes public about these private detention centers.

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Justice Department's "Secret Law" Still Prevalent, Documents Show

March 22, 2017 | Daniel Van Schooten, Nick Schwellenbach

The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel produces binding legal opinions on important issues, many of which are secret. POGO’s analysis shows that the Obama administration did not make OLC substantially more transparent. The Trump administration could chart a new path forward.

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Contract Transparency: What Uncle Sam Can Learn from the States

March 15, 2017 | Sean Moulton

The federal government could learn a lot from the states on contract transparency. Two thirds of the states proactively post at least some of their contract documents right on their spending websites. Despite spending hundreds of billions through contracts each year, the federal government still hasn't begun posting any contracts on USASpending.gov.

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