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  • Scott Maucione: POGO reviews fellowship program, makes recommendations

    The Project on Government Oversight took a deep dive into a fellowship program that doesn’t get too much attention and made recommendations to Congress about the program. Federal News Radio contacted individual members of Congress, the House Rules Committee and the Senate Ethics Committee. Some declined to comment, while others did not respond in time for the story. Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione spoke with Lydia Dennett, an investigator at POGO, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about what POGO found.

  • Groups praise VA bill for ‘breakthrough’ whistleblower protections

    Several good government and oversight organizations, along with eight individual whistleblowers, wrote to House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) in support of the whistleblower protections included in the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act. But they had some tough criticism for the changes the bill would make to due process rights for VA executives.

  • DoD could get ‘blank check’ to deny FOIA requests, groups say

    Almost 40 groups sent a letter to Congress asking it remove a FOIA exemption for DoD in the defense authorization bill.

  • Two agencies stumped by how best to reform IT

    The departments of Labor and Energy are still working through their final plans to implement the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act.

  • Major change proposed to how agencies track vendors

    The Federal Acquisition Regulations Council issued a proposed rule asking for input on how to move the government away from using the proprietary standard or number for uniquely identifying entities receiving federal awards provided for decades by Dun & Bradstreet.

  • Public interest watchdogs discuss agency watchdogs

    Project on Government Oversight general counsel Scott Amey and Tom Devine, legal director of the Government Accountability Project join host Debra Roth to talk about the inspector general community and the challenges IGs face in identifying fraud, waste, and abuse in the federal government. November 21, 2014

  • Danielle Brian, Executive Director, Project on Government Oversight

    The former acting Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security, Charles Edwards, is now on administrative leave, following the release of a Senate subcommittee report indicating Edwards “jeopardized the independence” of the IG office. Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about who’s watching the watchers.

  • Unions, watchdog groups renew call for capping ‘exorbitant’ contractor salaries

    A collection of federal unions and watchdogs groups wrote to the House and Senate Armed Services Committee urging support for a law capping taxpayer-funded contracting compensation costs at $230, 700 — the maximum salary earned by the highest-paid federal employees.

  • Intelligence community employees to gain whistleblower protections

    Employees in the intelligence community (IC) who report waste, fraud and abuse have gained whistleblower protections, under a directive President Barack Obama issued Wednesday. The presidential policy directive aims to ensure intelligence and national security employees are able to legally report agency wrongdoing and be protected from retaliation for doing so.

  • Federal Drive interviews – Aug. 13

    The Project on Government Oversight evaluates whether defense contractors would be hit hard by sequestration. Plus, what are best practices for creating PDFs that are accessible by people with disabilities?