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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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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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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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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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