While a governmentwide IG council promises regular updates to the website, government transparency advocates say the platform, in its current state, gives them few options to parse the data for greater accountability.
The pandemic board will oversee more than $2 trillion in spending, but recent shakeups in its leadership raise longstanding questions about the independence of these watchdogs.
Whistleblowers at the Department of Veterans Affairs said retaliation is still prevalent within the agency, two years after Congress codified a new office designed to protect them.
Rebecca Jones, policy counsel at the Project on Government Oversight, argued it’s time for Congress to provide better whistleblower protections to its own staff.
The law intended to offer clarity for acting positions but has little enforcement mechanisms, the Project on Government Oversight’s policy associate said.