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Lawmakers Question Interior Secretary Over Whistleblower Reassignment

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:35
Members of Congress are supporting a Department of Interior executive who says management retaliated against him because he disclosed how climate change is putting Alaskan coastal communities at risk.
Categories: Research

Defense Supplier Accused of Price Gouging is Hit with Shareholder Lawsuit

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:14
TransDigm Group, a leading aircraft parts supplier suspected of overcharging the Pentagon, was sued by stockholders upset about the effect the company’s recent notoriety is having on their portfolios.
Categories: Research

POGO and Brennan Center Call for Concurrent Investigations

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 14:57
A joint op-ed in The Hill Understanding the Anti-Lobbying Laws by the Project On Government Oversight and the Brennan Center calls on Congress to investigate concurrently with the Department of Justice.
Categories: Research

Everything Old is New Again: Trump’s Bipartisan Proposals to Curb Improper Payments

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:41
President Trump’s crackdown on improper payments could represent a bipartisan effort to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse in the federal government.
Categories: Research

Veterans Affairs Response to Alleged Whistleblowers Still Worrying

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 16:49
The firing of the Washington, D.C. veterans’ medical center director provides the first test of a new Department of Veterans Affairs accountability and whistleblower protection law.
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Senate Unanimously Passes Legislation To Improve Federal Charge Card Spending

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 13:28
The U.S. Senate passed legislation aimed at curbing misuse of government charge cards that can result in improper payments.
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Civil Servants Exposed To Retaliation Under Bipartisan VA Bill

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 14:52
Bipartisanship led to a bill that created a new VA whistleblower office, but its language also diminishes due process rights for civil servants. Congress needs to continue overseeing the new office and ensure VA employees do not suffer from retaliation or political purging.
Categories: Research

Prison Time for GSA Official Caught in Nepotism Scheme

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:37
Helen Rene’e Ballard, a former GSA contracting official who played a key role in a POGO investigation more than a decade ago, was recently sentenced to prison for a nepotism scheme.
Categories: Research

A New Tool for Looking at Federal Cybersecurity Spending

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 15:19
A new tool from Taxpayers for Common Sense provides the most comprehensive public snapshot of unclassified cybersecurity spending.
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Senators Question Activist Investor’s Influence on Regulation of AIG

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 12:20
Senators’ letter raises questions about prominent investor and special adviser to President Trump Carl Icahn’s influence over the regulation of AIG.
Categories: Research

Levin Center Releases Video Tutorials on Conducting Oversight

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 11:01
The Levin Center at Wayne Law released a series of videos on how to conduct Congressional oversight investigations.
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End To Limits Placed On Congressional Oversight?

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 18:08
Senator Grassley received letters from the Administration indicating that the Office of Legal Counsel’s restrictive interpretation regarding federal agencies’ responses to Congressional oversight inquiries may be at an end.
Categories: Research

SecDef Mattis Commends IG Efforts and Highlights DoD Shortcomings

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 12:00
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis uses an Inspector General report on Department of Defense misspending in Afghanistan to highlight agency-wide issues.
Categories: Research

POGO Unveils Tool to Help Federal Whistleblowers Know Their Rights

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 11:19
POGO’s new “Know Your Rights” tool is a starting point for federal whistleblowers who want to understand what the law protects and what it doesn’t.
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One Huge Unanswered Question in Key Surveillance Debate

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 15:14
The intelligence community has yet to provide an estimate of US persons whose information have been collected by government surveillance programs. Meanwhile, a key internal government watchdog remains powerless to provide recommendations on the issue.
Categories: Research