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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.

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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.

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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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FDA Set Low Bar for Approval of Blood Thinners

December 12, 2016 | David S. Hilzenrath

The Project On Government Oversight’s past reporting on prescription blood thinners illustrates how low the FDA has set the bar for drug approval and what the FDA has glossed over or overlooked along the way.

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FDA Depends on Industry Funding; Money Comes with “Strings Attached”

December 1, 2016 | David S. Hilzenrath

The Food and Drug Administration depends on the drug industry for much of its funding, and that money, in the form of “user fees,” comes with strings attached: every five years, the pharmaceutical industry gets to negotiate with the FDA the terms under which funding is reauthorized, giving industry extraordinary influence over its regulator.

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In FDA Meetings, "Voice" of the Patient Often Funded by Drug Companies

December 1, 2016 | David S. Hilzenrath

The Food and Drug Administration is required by law to consult with patient and consumer groups, but the vast majority of the groups the FDA included in a recent round of “stakeholder” meetings received funding from the pharmaceutical industry. Many of the groups have other ties to industry, such as drug company personnel on their boards.

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Data Matching Barriers Prevent Inspectors General From Reaching Full Potential

October 12, 2016 | Nicholas Pacifico

Complex legal and process barriers are preventing agencies and Inspectors General from sharing readily available data.

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Federal Improper Payments Are Significant, Costing Taxpayers Billions

July 12, 2016 | Nicholas Pacifico

The federal government makes improper payments every year, costing taxpayers over $1 trillion dollars since 2003.

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Drug Problems: Dangerous Decision-Making at the FDA

October 15, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration made a series of questionable calls in its oversight of the blood thinner Pradaxa, which casts doubt on the reliability of the FDA's regulation of prescription drugs.

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The Revolving Door Goes Nuclear

April 21, 2015 | Michael Smallberg

After years of investigating the well-oiled revolving door between the federal government and the businesses it oversees, we thought we’d seen it all. But even our jaws hit the floor when we learned that Daniel Poneman, former Deputy Secretary of Energy, had taken a job as the head of Centrus Energy Corp.

Exclusive: New Documents in Zero Dark Thirty Affair Raise Questions of White House-Sanctioned Intelligence Leak and Inspector General Coverup

April 16, 2015 | Adam Zagorin

A document newly obtained by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) reveals more about the high-level government access Hollywood filmmakers had during their research—and what happened at the top of the CIA, including the Agency’s use of White House-approved talking points to brief the filmmakers specifically about intelligence used to locate the al Qaeda leader.

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POGO's 2015 Baker’s Dozen of Suggested Congressional Oversight Priorities and Legislative Reforms

February 11, 2015 | Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Implementing the following recommendations will help to the country achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical government—one that is truly responsive to the needs of its citizens.

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Air Force Headquarters Declassified and Released Incomplete Data to Further A-10 Smear Campaign

February 9, 2015 | Mandy Smithberger

How Air Force Headquarters cooked the friendly fire numbers to spin USA Today on the A-10.

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