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House Democrats Convene Hearing To Talk About Trump's Conflicts Of Interest

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.15.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Even though they hold no committee gavels in their hands and no subpoena power to command witnesses to testify, House Democrats are goi...

Top Congressional Watchdog Uninterested In Trump's Conflicts Of Interest Before He Takes Office

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 12.02.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump’s election to the presidency has raised serious questions about a web of potential conflicts of interest. Democrats are ...

Democrats Ask Oversight Committee To Investigate Trump's Potential Conflicts Of Interest

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 11.30.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Democrats on the House Oversight Committee on Monday asked the committee’s chairman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), to look into Presi...

No Whistleblowing for David, Only Goliath

Sue Veres Royal | Posted 06.23.2016 | Impact
Sue Veres Royal

We know that nonprofits make enormous contributions to society. To protect the integrity of the sector, a revision to this law is needed. In the meantime, nonetheless, I hope you will step forward if you find yourself in a situation in which unethical practices are taking place.

Checks and Balances Ensure Transparency on Torture

Curt Goering | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Curt Goering

On Constitution Day, let us remember that our American government was designed to put checks on the power of individuals in government who might slip out of control and begin making their own rules. The use of torture and cruelty was authorized by a handful of officials who believed they were exempt from oversight or review.

How Healthy Do You Want Your Nonprofit Board to Be?

Anne Wallestad | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Anne Wallestad

Can you imagine saying, "I don't have time to manage my staff" or "We don't have the resources to fundraise"? No, it wouldn't happen, because it's understood we have to invest in these things for our organizations to flourish.

Intelligence Committees Must Stop Trying to Conduct Oversight In The Dark

Katherine Hawkins | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Katherine Hawkins

But as dedicated and conscientious as some of the intelligence committees' members and staff are, there is a pattern of institutional failure. For much too long, the intelligence committees have been trying to do oversight in almost complete secrecy.

It's Time for the Press to Fight Back Against Secrecy

Dan Froomkin | Posted 08.17.2013 | Media
Dan Froomkin

Even in this day of fragmented audiences and decimated newsrooms, major news organizations still have the ability to spark a national conversation around a given issue, by putting experienced, tenacious beat reporters on the story. So what's needed is a new beat, to cover secrecy itself.

After 5 Years, Is Obama Ready to Fill State Department Vacancy?

Joe Newman | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Joe Newman

Secretary of State John Kerry says if it were up to him, the State Department would already have a permanent inspector general, a critical position that has been vacant for more than five years.

Putting the Principle in PMSC Use

David Isenberg | Posted 12.10.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

One longstanding argument for the use of private military and security companies is that they can facilitate undertaking interventions for human right...

Drunk Security Contractors in Afghanistan? Again?

Joe Newman | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Joe Newman

As troops are replaced with private security contractors, it would be foolish for a new administration to continue to ignore the vivid warnings of what happens when the U.S. outsources its inherent governmental functions.

Questions About Afghanistan, If Congress Cared Enough to Ask Them

Dan Froomkin | Posted 08.19.2012 | Politics
Dan Froomkin

Were they the least bit interested in exercising any oversight at all into the war that American soldiers are still fighting and dying in -- and that Chinese bond buyers are still providing the cash for -- members of Congress wouldn't have to go very far to find some excellent questions.

D.M. Levine

SEC Fails To Regulate High-Frequency Trading | D.M. Levine | Posted 04.16.2012 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission does not currently have the ability to fully monitor what, by most accounts, makes up a majority of the stock t...

A Triple Play on Improving Oversight for Better Contracting

David Isenberg | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
David Isenberg

The core argument of all private military and security contractor advocates is that they can do things more cheaply and efficiently than the public sector. But the problem is that most PMSC advocates assert this all the time, often without evidence.

A COR! A COR! My Afghan Kingdom for a COR!

David Isenberg | Posted 06.04.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

On March 29 the Government Accountability Office released a report on the state of military contracting oversight in Afghanistan.

Dave Jamieson

GOP Trying To Bury Investigation: House Dem | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) sent a letter to House Republicans Thursday accusing the GOP of trying to keep portions of an investigatio...

SIGIR Reports: Hey, Anybody Know What Happened to the $2 Billion?

David Isenberg | Posted 04.07.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

The latest Quarterly and Semiannual Report of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction was released January 30. What follows are relevant excerpts of some of the more noteworthy contractor related activities.

FDOT Must Take a Hands-on Approach to Safety

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 03.19.2012 | Miami
Spencer Aronfeld

How safe are those monorails at the Miami International Airport for the nearly 9,000 passengers who use them every day? Apparently not very.

Michael McAuliff

Top Republican Raises Jayson Blair Scandal In Spat With New York Times | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is suggesting a New York Times reporter may be guilty of making things up in a recent critical report on th...

State to SIGIR: Take Your Oversight Questions and Shove Them

David Isenberg | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics
David Isenberg

Just when you thought things were getting better in the sandbox it turns out they aren't. That is one of the conclusions in the latest quarterly report from Stuart W. Bowen, Jr, the head of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

Trust But, Incompetently, Verify

David Isenberg | Posted 09.27.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Although COR duties are critical to the U.S. government's oversight of the TWISS contracts, almost 40% of the CORs it surveyed said the training they received did not prepare them for their duties and 25% said they lack sufficient time to conduct effective oversight.

Where Have All the Wiretap Reports Gone?

Susan Landau | Posted 10.26.2011 | Technology
Susan Landau

Providing data in the Wiretap Report is not simply compliance with 40-year-old legislation. That information is what allows us to understand what's true about this highly intrusive and secretive investigative technique and what's not.

Michael McAuliff

Oversight Committee Overlooking Ethics Rules? | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Darrell Issa's Oversight Committee may have violated House ethics rules by streaming a hearing Friday that included commercial adve...

Evangelicals Named To Ministry Watchdog Panel

Posted 06.16.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability has announced members of a commissi...

Grassroots vs. Arne Duncan on School Reform, Big Development in Denver

Wade Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Wade Norris

If Easley is recalled, the board's minority will become the majority, and investigations that have been blocked for years will begin, setting off a chain of events.