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.
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.
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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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.
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.
March 21, 2013 | Michael Smallberg
Major corporations make it financially advantageous for executives to take government jobs, according to regulatory filings reviewed by POGO. Through their compensation policies, companies may be fueling the revolving door.
January 17, 2013 | Adam Zagorin
Private guards responsible for protecting what may be the most at-risk U.S. diplomatic mission in the world -- the embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan -- say security weaknesses have left it dangerously vulnerable to attack.
Why Military Whistleblowers Fear Reprisal: When Taking Adverse Personnel Actions, the Chain of Command Often Gets a Pass
October 20, 2011 | Nick Schwellenbach
Each year, hundreds of uniformed members of the military send official complaints to Inspectors General (IGs) within the Department of Defense (DoD) saying that they are the targets of reprisal. Most do not have their claims of reprisal substantiated.
June 28, 2011 | Nick Schwellenbach
$644.75 for a small gear smaller than a dime that sells for $12.51: more than a 5,100 percent increase in price. $1,678.61 for another tiny part, also smaller than a dime, that could have been bought within DoD for $7.71: a 21,000 percent increase. $71.01 for a straight, thin metal pin that DoD had on hand, unused by the tens of thousands, for 4 cents: an increase of over 177,000 percent.