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Proposed DHS Budget Priorities Leave Accountability Behind

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:26
The proposed DHS budget emphasizes southern border control at the cost of security for the rest of the nation.
Categories: Research

Letting Contractors Pick Their Own Auditors is a Bad Idea

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 15:47
A new law lets contractors hire their own auditors, despite history that shows it can come at the expense of independent oversight.
Categories: Research

Limits Placed on Congressional Oversight

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 16:22
A new memo released by the executive branch’s Office of Legal Counsel attempts to establish a more restrictive policy regarding federal agencies responses to Congressional oversight inquiries. POGO, Members of Congress, and others are strongly criticizing this executive overreach.
Categories: Research

Strengthening Financial Integrity of Federal Agencies

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 12:29
The federal government needs to improve the accuracy and completeness of improper payment identification and estimation.
Categories: Research

Understanding the Anti-Lobbying Law

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 15:13
Despite the plain language of anti-lobbying bans, a narrow interpretation by the DOJ has given executive branch employees a lot of leeway in influencing the legislative process.
Categories: Research

Financial Sector Oversight Will Be Harmed by New Legislation

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 16:20
Legislation is moving through Congress that would put the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) invaluable whistleblower program in jeopardy.
Categories: Research

Watchdog Positions Still Vacant Under Trump Administration

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 16:40
The Trump administration has continued to ignore filling permanent inspectors general positions, with some vacancies lasting over two years.
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More Trump Appointees Get Waived Past Ethics Pledge

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 16:42
The Office of Government Ethics posted waivers to the ethics pledge for 10 Trump appointees after demanding them from federal agencies.
Categories: Research

Considerations for Working with Whistleblowers in a Technological Age

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 13:07
Recent documents released by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on how they identified an alleged National Security Agency (NSA) contractor source provide a number of lessons and considerations for sources and journalists who seek to anonymously disclose information.
Categories: Research

White House Silence to Lawmakers' Requests Raises Eyebrows, Questions

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 13:18
Trump reportedly told his agencies to ignore questions from Congressional Democrats. But is he any different from his predecessors?
Categories: Research

A Special Counsel Shouldn’t Keep Congress from Investigating

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 16:34
Congressional investigations can bring to light important information that would have been left unaddressed by a criminal investigation.
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White House Releases Ethics Waivers After Battle with OGE

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 11:26
The White House reversed its decision to fight the Office of Government Ethics over the release of government ethics records the day after POGO requested that it should proactively release copies of ethics waivers on public websites.
Categories: Research

Trump Will Not Delay Launch of Retirement-Adviser Fiduciary Rule

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 15:34
Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced the Trump administration will not postpone the June implementation of a rule imposing a higher ethical standard on financial advisers. “Respect for the rule of law” compelled Secretary Acosta to allow the rule to start taking effect next week.
Categories: Research

Strengthening Whistleblower Protections Still a Bipartisan Issue

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:17
Before Memorial Day recess and with little fanfare, Congress passed legislation to close a significant loophole in the Whistleblower Protection Act. The Follow the Rules Act protects whistleblowers from having to obey orders from a supervisor that would require them to break agency rules or regulations.
Categories: Research