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

February 9, 2015
The Air Force manipulated data and omitted key stats in order to skew a comparison of civilian casualties and friendly fire deaths caused by close air support aircraft in Afghanistan, according to an analysis released by the Project On Government Oversight.


System Failure: One Man's Nightmarish Journey Through the VA

October 6, 2014

Army veteran Steven P. Massong's nightmare began after a routine procedure at a VA hospital in 2005 led to the amputations of his right foot and scrotum. In the nine years since, he has been lost in a bureaucratic quagmire trying to get the disability benefits he seeks.


How the Foreign Agents Registration Act Falls Short

December 16, 2014

A federal law meant to track U.S. political activity by foreign interests suffers from lax enforcement, shoddy record keeping, glaring loopholes, and in many cases outright disregard by the firms hired to lobby on behalf of foreign entities.


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“Stay in Your F---ing Lane”

August 13, 2014 | Adam Zagorin

A controversial top Army officer, Major General Gary S. Patton, has just been cited for the second time in less than a year for obstructing an official probe into horrific conditions at a U.S.-funded hospital in Afghanistan.

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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.


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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