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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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Justice Department Downplays Evidence of Politics in Probe of Governor

December 11, 2014 | Adam Zagorin

New evidence related to one of the most controversial public corruption cases in recent years, the 2006 conviction of Alabama’s former Democratic Governor, Donald E. Siegelman, indicates that Department of Justice lawyers may have engaged in prosecutorial misconduct.

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System Failure

October 6, 2014 | David S. Hilzenrath

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.

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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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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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