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Fear and Retaliation at the VA

July 21, 2014
Nearly 800 current and former Department of Veterans Affairs employees and veterans have contacted POGo with concerns about the VA. After reviewing their submissions, a recurring and fundamental theme has become clear: VA employees across the country fear they will face repercussions if they dare to raise a dissenting voice

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

March 13, 2014

IAn 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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How the Clinton Team Thwarted Effort to Regulate Derivatives

April 25, 2014 | Michael Smallberg

In April 1998, a decade before a historic crisis wreaked havoc on global financial markets, an obscure regulator saw a potential gap in the government’s oversight of Wall Street and tried to do something about it. Now, newly released records show just how ardently some of the Clinton administration’s most prominent figures shot her down.

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Fear and Retaliation at the VA

July 21, 2014 | Lydia Dennett

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees told the Project On Government Oversight that they have faced retaliation for blowing the whistle on problems, and many said a toxic culture discourages VA employees from openly expressing dissent.

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High-Speed Trading Cop Used to Represent Wall Street Giants

June 18, 2014 | Michael Smallberg

A senior regulatory official tasked with policing U.S. financial markets and high-speed trading used to represent firms with a major stake in the government’s oversight of those matters, according to an ethics disclosure form obtained by the Project On Government Oversight.

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How the Clinton Team Thwarted Effort to Regulate Derivatives

April 25, 2014 | Michael Smallberg

In April 1998, a decade before a historic crisis wreaked havoc on global financial markets, an obscure regulator saw a potential gap in the government’s oversight of Wall Street and tried to do something about it.

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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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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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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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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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