'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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… claims worth millions of dollars over the past decade, according to a new Pentagon report. The report by Deputy Inspector General for Intelligence Anthony T …"

"… al Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Bridget Serchak, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon’s Inspector General’s office, declined to answer any questions about t …"

"… details were beyond its scope. An October 2011 report to Congress by the Pentagon’s Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition said contractors had been ch …"

"… loyment records, the report said. The inspector general's office said the Pentagon’s intelligence agencies, which report to the Under Secretary of Defense …"

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 "Tom Devine":

"… f the bill.In the meantime, Obama’s order "fills a vacuum," according to Tom Devine, a legal adviser to the Government Accountability Project, a Washington, D …"

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 "Bush administration":

"… materials across the complex,” NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino, a Bush administration holdover, said on Aug. 28. He promised to hold “our team” accountable …"

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 "Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee":

"… Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii in early 2009, and approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee later that year.Akaka sought unanimous consent for his bill to expedite Se …"

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 "Ted Kaufman":

"… edings.”A bipartisan group led by Democrats Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Ted Kaufman of Delaware and by Republicans Charles Grassley of Iowa and John Cornyn of …"

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 "The Pentagon":

"… s roots in a 1980s weapons scandal that led to a book and a film called “The Pentagon Wars,” starring Kelsey Grammer as a less-than-forthright Army general in …"

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 "Securities Industry Association":

"… schmann represented through 2003, according to lobbying forms, include the Securities Industry Association, which sponsored a Hirschmann trip to Palm Beach, Fla. in 2000, and the U. …"

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 "Congress":

"… who is working for the intelligence community as contractors, or why.” Congressional pique intensified last year after Edward Snowden, an employee for con …"

"… ation, according to the GAO, an independent watchdog group that reports to Congress. Scott Amey, general counsel for the Project on Government Oversight, a n …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… n fighter capabilities to the warfighter on time and within budget.” …"

"… ter jet’s performance troubles, is the first to focus intensively on the Pentagon’s mismanagement of what a Senator has depicted as a “textbook” examp …"

"… ockheed Martin, the prime contractor, was “inadequate,” while the Pentagon’s Defense Contract Management Agency’s oversight of contractors was …"

"… sts” for each aircraft in the four production lots ordered so far by the Pentagon, and that “scrap, rework, and repair rates” for each aircraft have exc …"

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 "Food and Drug Administration":

"… watchdogs for the energy industry and government agencies as varied as the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Commerce. In 2009 he left to join lobbying firm Akin …"

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 "Carl Levin":

"… ish a model whistleblower program for the Department of Defense. " …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "manager":

"… often been “a Trojan horse,” whose agents are “hatchetmen for agency managers” looking for the smallest infraction to punish their whistleblowers.The …"

"… declined to open a full probe without first obtaining a statement from the manager accused of retaliating — as Pentagon rules require. Instead, the manager …"

"… manager accused of retaliating — as Pentagon rules require. Instead, the manager’s intent was assumed, according to the report.Senator Grassley, in his A …"

"… IG mission.” He asked that Halbrooks tell him whether “supervisors and managers [were] subjected to administrative review or other corrective actions for …"

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 "the Boeing":

"… anned to award the multi-billion-dollar contract for a new tanker based on the Boeing 767 as a “sole source,” meaning there would be no opportunity for a fo …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Stanford":

"… ncy’s investigation of the $8 billion Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Allen Stanford. After leaving the SEC, Barasch repeatedly attempted to represent Stanford …"

"… Stanford. After leaving the SEC, Barasch repeatedly attempted to represent Stanford in connection with the regulator’s investigation, even though he was tol …"

"… old by the agency’s ethics office that his previous involvement with the Stanford investigation prohibited him from doing so.Nonetheless, the internal watch …"

"… reported that in September 2006—well within two years of his departure—Stanford hired Barasch to “represent it in connection with the SEC’s investigat …"

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

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 "Whistleblower":

"… provide the company an opportunity to investigate,” they told the agency.Whistleblower advocates, meanwhile, criticized existing corporate hotlines as far from r …"

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 "Judge":

"… es related to its food supply contract, that lawsuit is still pending.U.S. Judge Thomas Thrash scheduled a Dec. 16 hearing on a federal magistrate’s repo …"

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 "oil and gas":

"… olving oil, sex, and gifts inside the agency that leases federal lands for oil and gas drilling.Devaney took over fulltime as chairman of the Recovery Accountabi …"

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....

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