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Drilling Down: Big Oil's Bidding

February 22, 2018
For decades, there has been a virtual giveaway of offshore drilling rights. And the Trump Administration is planning to put much more on the auction block.

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Impunity for U.S.-Funded Warlords in Afghanistan

February 16, 2018

A report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) last month revealed that the United States is unable or unwilling to stop funding units that engage in torture, summary execution, and other serious human rights violations, despite Congress’s efforts to restrict that aid.

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Propaganda by Proxy: How High-Powered Lobbying and PR Firms Launder Influence for Foreign Governments

January 29, 2018

Lax enforcement of a key lobbying disclosure law and the use of middlemen makes it hard to track foreign propaganda in the United States.

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Roll of Money

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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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.

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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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