'Revolving door' spins between AT&T, GSA

By Dave Levinthal

AT&T hires a top GSA official, then and scores a lucrative service contract with the agency.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… not involve a communication to or an appearance before an employee of the United States.” Coleman, whose official title is client executive vice president of A …"

Dozens of intelligence contractors have submitted false claims for federal funds

By Douglas Birch

Pentagon report reveals that those implicated typically kept their security clearances.

Defense officials call Air Force F-22 probe sloppy and inadequate

By Douglas Birch

Critics of the Air Force's decision to blame a costly F-22 crash on its pilot have some ammunition

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lockheed Martin":

"… “dangerous and defective” in a lawsuit against the plane’s builders, Lockheed Martin, Boeing Co., Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney. She reached a confidential …"

Report: Hundreds of former SEC employees representing clients before agency

By Dave Levinthal

Report: Hundreds of former agency employees representing private clients before body.
Barack Obama

Obama order protects intelligence community whistleblowers

By David Axe

A new executive order provides protections shunned by House Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… ective 19" and signed by Obama out of public view on Oct. 10 and without a White House announcement — directs intelligence agencies to establish procedures for …"

"… slation, he says.The executive order, which Devine said was devised by the White House over the past year, protects certain disclosures of classified information …"

"… ives and should not be read as undermining its real, and positive, changes.White House spokesman Eric Schultz says the directive provides new recourse for those …"

How an 82-year-old exposed security lapses at nuclear facilities

By R. Jeffrey Smith

How an 82-year-old has upended the lax regulation of the U.S. nuclear weapons establishment.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… g to arrive after the three triggered numerous alarms.Department of Energy Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman, an increasingly caustic critic of the NNSA, said in a …"

"… by security experts from Sandia National Laboratories and by Friedman’s Inspector General office; he concluded that constructing the aboveground version would cost …"

Whistleblower bill close to winning Senate approval

By Laurel Adams and Aaron Mehta

A landmark bill to protect government whistleblowers is expected to win U.S. Senate approval this month, according to two advocacy groups, e

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… eid declined to comment.If the whistleblower bill clears the Senate before Congress adjourns at the end of the month, House Democrats are expected to swiftly …"

SEC loses short-lived FOIA exemption in financial reform law

By Laurel Adams

In a victory for advocates of government transparency, Congress has voted to repeal a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemption for the Se

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Cornyn":

"… nd Ted Kaufman of Delaware and by Republicans Charles Grassley of Iowa and John Cornyn of Texas crafted legislation to repeal the FOIA exemption – known as Sec …"

NIH urged to create single website showing grantees’ funding

Dr. Charles Nemeroff’s name is synonymous with what can go wrong when scientists who receive funding from the National Institutes of Health

Audit finds poor controls on millions of dollars in Afghan police program

Pentagon discovers overpayments to contractor, potential for waste

Pentagon weapons test report harder to get since 9/11

By Nick Schwellenbach

How well do the Pentagon’s costly and complex weapons work? It’s more difficult to find out now that an annual evaluation report is no long

Excerpts from this story referencing "Project On Government Oversight":

"… , the non-profit Center for Defense Information and private watchdog group Project On Government Oversight each posted material from the report on their websites.“We have not post …"

So much travel in so little time

By Robert Brodsky

Former DeLay staffer racked up $85,000 in travel in 26 months

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Hirschmann":

"… comment — reported taking 18 trips costing more than a combined $49,000. David Hirschmann, a lobbyist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, went on 12 of his wife's tri …"

"… trip to Palm Beach, Fla. in 2000, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where David Hirschmann works as a lobbyist.In 2003, Hirschmann was tapped by Republican congressi …"

"… ive people, including DeLay and his wife; Buckham and his wife, Wendy, and David Hirschmann. There is no record that Abramoff paid for the travel of Susan Hirschmann. …"

Lawmakers complain about shoddy intelligence contractor database

By James Arkin

Frustrations are rising on Capitol Hill about the intelligence community’s failure to justify its widespread use of contractors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Edward Snowden":

"… s contractors, or why.” Congressional pique intensified last year after Edward Snowden, an employee for contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, leaked thousands of class …"

Defense Department poorly managed design, construction of F-35 fighter, auditor says

By Douglas Birch

A detailed new report offers some insight into why the most costly weapon system in U.S. history has so many problems and defects.

Experienced watchdog appointed for U.S. spending in Afghanistan

By Aaron Mehta

A veteran investigator fills one of ten vacant Inspector General jobs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… anistan since 2002 was wasted.Last month, in SIGAR’s quarterly report to Congress, the office highlighted the continuing threat posed by corruption and ques …"

ACCOUNTABILITY: Senators demand answers on behalf of military whistleblowers

By Aaron Mehta

McCain, Levin want more info on report disclosed by the Center.

Excerpts from this story referencing "McCain":

"… ram for the Department of Defense. " …"

"… ment Oversight.Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and McCain, the panel's ranking member, made their feelings known Tuesday in a letter …"

Pentagon failed to protect whistleblowers

By R. Jeffrey Smith and Aaron Mehta

Investigators routinely disregarded rules, while rejecting 50 percent of complaints of reprisals for reporting waste, fraud and abuse.

New report darkens reputation of Navy ship

By Aaron Mehta

The Littoral Combat Ship runs into choppy reviews.

Windfalls of war: Taxpayers get hammered by Pentagon attempts to "one-stop-shop"

By Sharon Weinberger

Pentagon abused its sole-source authority on weapons from tankers to choppers

Contractor that was subject of iWatch News story reaches settlement with government

By Corbin Hiar

A controversial security contractor featured in an iWatch News piece has reached a multi-million dollar settlement with the government

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bahrain":

"… f its AGNA’s Kabul guards and problems with a separate Naval contract in Bahrain, among other issues. The settlement  was reached “to avoid costly a …"

Obama administration signals higher gas royalties on public lands — and anticipated industry resistance

By Evan Bush

Big Oil underpays on royalties - and may resist attempts to collect more

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… for both parties?Frank Rusco, a director of GAO’s Natural Resources and Environment team, told iWatch News royalty rate changes are just one part of the puzzl …"

Revolving door between SEC, law firms spins at dizzying speed

More than 200 ex-SEC lawyers went back to agency on behalf of clients

Excerpts from this story referencing "Countrywide Financial":

"… e Commission accused Eric Sieracki of securities fraud in 2009, the former Countrywide Financial executive did what many others in trouble with Wall Street’s top cop hav …"

Big break for big oil, larger burden for taxpayers

By Aaron Mehta

Whistleblowers help recover half-billion in energy revenues - but billions more owed taxpayers on public lands use

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil":

"… taxpayers.Since 2000, there have been 19 such moments – settlements with oil and gas companies in which the government has been able to recapture more …"

"… on system is in such disarray and so reliant on voluntary information from oil and gas companies that investigators can’t even determine how much the e …"

"… .By law, energy companies must pay one-sixth to one-eighth of the value of oil and gas obtained on public lands and in federal waters off the nation’s …"

"… real-time data is critical because royalties are based in part on current oil and gas prices. Without information on industry revenue, the Interior Depa …"

Corporations aim to narrow SEC’s proposed whistleblower protections

By Amy Biegelsen

Midnight is the deadline to weigh in on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s plan to offer whistleblowers a bounty of up to 30 percent o

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon":

"… ssful cases.A 19-page letter jointly sent by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Verizon, Ryder Systems, Inc. and others asked the SEC to require employees to use …"

Pentagon negotiates with indicted contractor, despite suspension

By Amy Biegelsen

For the second time this year, the Pentagon is trying to give a no-bid contract extension to a logistics company operating a supply warehous

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kuwait":

"… contract extension to a logistics company operating a supply warehouse in Kuwait even though the firm has been barred from federal business following an in …"

"… 8.5 billion for distributing food to American soldiers in Jordan, Iraq and Kuwait. That criminal case is still active in federal court in Atlanta although a …"

"… suspended, it had another military contract operating a large warehouse in Kuwait to distribute everything from generators to toilet paper to U.S. soldiers …"

"… Scott Beverly. DLA officials made two trips to visit KGL’s warehouse in Kuwait.By September, “we basically had a verbal handshake,” Beverly says. As …"

Where are the watchdogs?

By John Solomon

Faced with record deficits and expanding federal responsibilities, politicians from President Barack Obama on down routinely talk about the

Excerpts from this story referencing "Employment":

"… nced his retirement in December.IG openings also persist at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the Nationa …"

New gov’t contractor integrity database will be off-limits to public

Federal contractors behaving badly are nothing new. But a government database to track their misconduct is....

Excerpts from this story referencing "POGO":

"… hat’s not fair to taxpayers, argues the Project on Government Oversight (POGO). Neil Gordon, an investigator with POGO, has been urging open access to F …"

"… Project on Government Oversight (POGO). Neil Gordon, an investigator with POGO, has been urging open access to FAPIIS since the law creating the new data …"

"… Government Oversight, for calling our attention to the FAPIIS controversy. POGO has its own database tracking contractor fraud, and ethics, environmental …"

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