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GM Ignition Switch Recall: Why Did It Take So Long?

Contains list of documents in 64 binders obtained by congressional oversight committee about
General Motors safety defect which was hidden from the public for years.  From the House Energy and Commerce Committee


Intelligence Committee Votes to Declassify Portions of CIA Study

Describes the vote of the Senate Intelligence Committee to authorize public release of the 500 page Executive Summary with findings and conclusions of the five year study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program.  Also contains statements of Committee Chair Feinstein on the importance of the vote.  Posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Management Alert: Contract File Management Deficiencies

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines

Announcement that financial audits of State Department accounts exposed vulnerabilities in the management of contract files that could expose the department to financial losses of up to $6 billion. Calls for creation of improved tracking system.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the State Department


A “Kill Chain” Analysis of the 2013 Target Data Breach

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt/Business Scandals,Telecommunications/Internet


Presents an explanation of how the Target breach of security occurred and how Target missed a number of opportunities to stop the attackers and prevent the massive theft of personal and financial information of 110 million Target customers.  From the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


Iran-Contra: Lawrence Walsh’s Contribution to History

Categories: Govt/Business Scandals,History,Iran,Presidency,Spying/Intelligence

A collection of eight documents recalling the scandal which rocked the Reagan administration and led independent counsel Lawrence Walsh to comment on the obstructions to the investigation thrown up by the White House, the Justice Department, and the intelligence agencies.  From the National Security Archive


Limitless Surveillance at the FDA: Protecting the Rights of Federal Whistleblowers

Categories: Govt Personnel,Govt/Business Scandals,Health/Medical

Reports on an investigation of a surveillance program conducted by the Food and Drug Administration against whistleblower employees who warned of alleged hazards related to approved medical devices.  From the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.


Slipping Through the Cracks: How the D.C. Navy Yard Shooting Exposes Flaws in the Federal Security Clearance Process

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt Processes/Organization,Govt/Business Scandals,Guns,Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations

Describes the current federal security process in the wake of the Navy Yard killings and proposes several legislative improvements.  From the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform


Financial Assets and Conflict of Interest Regulation in the Executive Branch

Categories: Govt Personnel,Govt/Business Scandals,Lobbying,Religion/Ethics

Summarizes and analyzes the issues of conflicts of interest in federal law and regulation regarding officers and employees in the executive branch.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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