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Hundreds of Justice Department Attorneys Violated Professional Rules, Laws, or Ethical Standards

March 13, 2014
An internal affairs office at the Justice Department has found that, over the last decade, hundreds of federal prosecutors and other Justice employees violated rules, laws, or ethical standards governing their work. The violations include instances in which attorneys who have a duty to uphold justice have, according to the internal affairs office, misled courts, withheld evidence that could have helped defendants, abused prosecutorial and investigative power, and violated constitutional rights.

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Watching the Watchdogs

January 14, 2014 | By Danielle Brian and Jana Persky

Inspectors General are in place to hold their agencies accountable, yet a number lack the strength, independence, and integrity to effectively do so.

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Benghazi Ignored: New Evidence Exposes Gaps in Kabul Embassy Security

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September 9, 2013 | Adam Zagorin

Interviews with security personnel and documents obtained by the Project On Government Oversight show gaps in the defenses at the U.S. embassy in war-torn Afghanistan long after a deadly attack in Benghazi brutally reminded Washington of the risks.

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Hundreds of Justice Department Attorneys Violated Professional Rules, Laws, or Ethical Standards

March 13, 2014

An internal affairs office at the Justice Department has found that, over the last decade, hundreds of federal prosecutors and other Justice employees violated rules, laws, or ethical standards governing their work.

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Watching the Watchdogs: The Good, the Bad, and What We Need from the Inspectors General

January 14, 2014 | Danielle Brian, Jana Persky

Inspectors General are in place to hold their agencies accountable, yet a number lack the strength, independence, and integrity to effectively do so. Our report looks at some notable failures and successes by IGs and suggests places where the IG system can be reformed.

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EITI: The U.S. Effort to Increase Transparency in the Oil, Gas and Mining Industries

September 24, 2013 | Avery Kleinman, Jana Persky

A federal advisory committee is working on a proposal that would allow the U.S. to implement international transparency standards for extractive industries that drill or mine on public lands.

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Benghazi Ignored: New Evidence Exposes Gaps in Kabul Embassy Security

September 9, 2013 | Adam Zagorin

Interviews with security personnel and documents obtained by the Project On Government Oversight show gaps in the defenses at the U.S. embassy in war-torn Afghanistan long after a deadly attack in Benghazi brutally reminded Washington of the risks.

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State Department Gives Misleading Testimony to Senate

September 9, 2013 | David S. Hilzenrath

Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy delivered inaccurate and misleading testimony to a Senate panel in July when he claimed that the contractor now responsible for protecting the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, rebuffed two direct attacks on the embassy compound.

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Unreleased: Probe Finds CIA Honcho Disclosed Top Secret Info to Hollywood

June 4, 2013 | Adam Zagorin, David S. Hilzenrath

The Defense Department Inspector General’s office has been sitting on a report that former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta disclosed “TOP SECRET” information and other sensitive details two years ago at an event attended by a “Hollywood executive” working on the movie Zero Dark Thirty.

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Big Businesses Offer Revolving Door Rewards

March 21, 2013 | Michael Smallberg

Major corporations make it financially advantageous for executives to take government jobs, according to regulatory filings reviewed by POGO. Through their compensation policies, companies may be fueling the revolving door.

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SEC Alumni Help Firms Get a Break

February 11, 2013 | Michael Smallberg

POGO Report - Dangerous Liaisons: Revolving Door at SEC Creates Risk of Regulatory Capture, February 11, 2013, Scores of SEC Alumni Go to Bat for SEC-Regulated Companies

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A ''Mutiny'' in Kabul: Guards Allege Security Problems Have Put Embassy at Risk

January 17, 2013 | Adam Zagorin

Private guards responsible for protecting what may be the most at-risk U.S. diplomatic mission in the world -- the embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan -- say security weaknesses have left it dangerously vulnerable to attack.

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Why Military Whistleblowers Fear Reprisal: When Taking Adverse Personnel Actions, the Chain of Command Often Gets a Pass

October 20, 2011 | Nick Schwellenbach

Each year, hundreds of uniformed members of the military send official complaints to Inspectors General (IGs) within the Department of Defense (DoD) saying that they are the targets of reprisal. Most do not have their claims of reprisal substantiated.

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