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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government":

"… st those that do intelligence-related work. The website of the Project on Government Oversight, a spending watchdog group, says on its website that in the past …"

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

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 "Central Intelligence Agency":

"… eral agencies.The new order bans retaliation against whistleblowers in the Central Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and other i …"

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 "Bechtel":

"… posals, all still pending, have been cheered by the private firms, such as Bechtel, Lockheed Martin, and Babcock & Wilcox, that now run the nuclear weapo …"

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 "Project On Government Oversight":

"… urvive the current political environment,” said Angela Canterbury of the Project On Government Oversight advocacy group. “Despite some limitations, the bill is still a landmark …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… aculty and principal investigators.The Data Mine is a joint project of the Center for Public Integrity and the Sunlight Foundation. …"

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 "Center for Defense Information":

"… hink the information should be freely available. This year, the non-profit Center for Defense Information and private watchdog group Project On Government Oversight each posted mat …"

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 "pharmaceutical":

"… think tank with close ties to lobbying interests that include tobacco and pharmaceutical companies.On Aug. 18, the couple flew from Scotland to Israel for a trip f …"

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 "Government":

"… ted recently that the number of core contractor personnel is dropping, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a report early this year that the data …"

"… over at a hearing June 18 by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. Although members have complained for years about the outsourcing, …"

"… that reports to Congress. Scott Amey, general counsel for the Project on Government Oversight, a nonprofit watchdog group, said “I think this is highlightin …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Air Force":

"… eed $1 trillion over the fleet’s 35-year lifespan. Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air Force chief of staff, told a June 19 congressional hearing that the F-35 was “ …"

"… s, a cheaper and much simpler aircraft — a view he reaffirmed at an Air Force Association meeting in Sept At the June 19 hearing, however, Sen. Dick Du …"

Experienced watchdog appointed for U.S. spending in Afghanistan

By Aaron Mehta

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

ACCOUNTABILITY: Senators demand answers on behalf of military whistleblowers

By Aaron Mehta

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "LOGCAP":

"… ample, an Army cost analyst told the commission in May 2010 that moving to LOGCAP IV, the successor to LOGCAP III, was going to save 8.1 percent in costs. H …"

"… told the commission in May 2010 that moving to LOGCAP IV, the successor to LOGCAP III, was going to save 8.1 percent in costs. However, that same month the …"

"… isting “concierge” contract with KBR, rather than  moving work to LOGCAP IV, which would have put other contractors in the mix.In its final report …"

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 "Project On Government Oversight":

"… ificant,” said Nick Schwellenbach, the director of investigations at the Project On Government Oversight,  and co-author of the original iWatch News story. “As far as I kno …"

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

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 "Barack Obama":

"… to Republicans, cash has also flowed to the Democratic party of President Barack Obama, whose administration backs a limited expansion of drilling in the Gulf of …"

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 "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… for them to come to the SEC.” …"

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

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 "Clark Kent Ervin":

"… y, but needs to fill the watchdog vacancies to make good on its commitment.Clark Kent Ervin“The key mechanism for holding government agencies accountable for their …"

"… agencies accountable for their performance is inspectors general,” said Clark Kent Ervin, who served as the Homeland Security Department’s first chief watchdog f …"

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....

GSA tracks contractors’ work in database off-limits to public

By Jim Morris

Keeping a contractor performance database out of public reach is like “not allowing a parent to see their child’s report card,” a critic say

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