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July 29, 2014

When the Administration Asks Itself to Declassify

In preparing a recent report, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board demonstrated an unusual mode of declassification. In this case, the process was remarkably productive, and it may offer a precedent for future declassification efforts.

July 29, 2014

NY Times: Time to Reassess Costly F-35 Program

A recent New York Times editorial critiqued the problem-plagued F-35 Joint Strike Fighter after all F-35 fighter jets were grounded because of an engine failure.

July 29, 2014

How Much Does an F-35 Actually Cost?

The F-35 is not just the most expensive warplane ever, it's the most expensive weapons program ever. But to find out exactly how much a single F-35 costs, we analyzed the newest and most authoritative data.

July 28, 2014

U.S. Efforts to Standup Afghan Air Force Still Falling Down

Congress and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction are recommending that the Pentagon halt transfers of additional C-130s because current aircraft are not being fully utilized.

July 28, 2014

House Committee Investigating Commerce IG Todd Zinser

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is conducting a bipartisan investigation into allegations that Department of Commerce Inspector General Todd Zinser has failed to discipline two of his closest aides, who were found to have intimidated employees that they perceived to be potential whistleblowers.

July 29, 2014

POGO and Partners Support USA FREEDOM Act in Senate

POGO joins other good government groups in supporting the USA FREEDOM Act in the amended version sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy. This version restores important transparency measures to the bill.

July 21, 2014

Interim Director in Charge of Arizona VA Put Whistleblower on Leave

POGO’s letter to Acting Secretary Gibson sets forth recommendations to “demonstrate an agency-wide commitment to changing this culture of fear, bullying, and retaliation.”

July 21, 2014

POGO and Partners Urge SEC to Strengthen Whistleblower Program

We, the undersigned organizations, write to express our concern for the widespread and growing problem of retaliatory conduct against corporate whistleblowers. Not merely a threat to public policy, retaliation of this nature has a deleterious effect on corporate culture and growth. And, ultimately, such conduct undermines the force and efficacy of the SEC Whistleblower Program.

July 21, 2014

Fear and Retaliation at the VA

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees told the Project On Government Oversight that they have faced retaliation for blowing the whistle on problems, and many said a toxic culture discourages VA employees from openly expressing dissent.

July 21, 2014

POGO calls on President Obama to seek resignation of NRC Commissioner Magwood

We are writing to highlight Nuclear Regulatory Commission Commissioner William Magwood’s glaring conflict of interest and urge you to seek his immediate resignation.

July 16, 2014

Sink or swim time for Trident subs

The World-Herald via | Steve Liewer and Joseph Morton

Straus Military Reform Project

Read the latest analysis of defense issues