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Bell Gardens Sun: Are Shovel-Ready Projects Ready for Corruption?

April 09, 2009

By GAP President Louis Clark.

There is a great deal of talk recently about “shovel-ready” projects. These are state, local and federal construction programs that will be the first to spend hundreds of billions of dollars as part of the recently enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), better known as the Stimulus Bill, in the hopes of lifting the economic condition of our nation.

Los Angeles Times: Los Alamos' security flaws exposed

March 26, 2009

By RALPH VARTABEDIAN 

An Energy Department investigation has alleviated fears that a significant amount of plutonium was missing from a national laboratory, but it has also heightened concerns about flaws in the system for controlling the U.S. stockpile of weapons materials.

The investigation began in February, shortly after a routine inventory at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico found a plutonium shortage estimated at 2.2 pounds, setting off a frantic national effort to determine what happened to the material.

New York Times: Obama Undercuts Whistleblowers, Senator Says

March 16, 2009

By CHARLIE SAVAGE

A leading Republican senator maintains that President Obama is violating a campaign promise with his claim that he can bypass whistle-blower protections for executive branch officials who give certain information to Congress.

The lawmaker, Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, sent a letter to Mr. Obama on Friday that condemned a signing statement the president attached to the $410 billion catchall spending bill he signed into law last week.

Chicago Sun Times: Whistleblower's Revenge

March 16, 2009

By WILLIAM S. BECKER

The gust of wind that surged through Washington D.C. earlier this month was not a warm front moving in. It was the collective sigh of relief when President Barack Obama issued a memorandum that will protect the work of the 100,000 scientists and engineers in the U.S. government.

But it’s likely that no one felt a greater sense of relief – or vindication -- than Rick Piltz.

Madison Capital Times: The Right Way to Protect Taxpayers

February 25, 2009

By GAP Legal Director Tom Devine.

Congress wisely included "best practices" whistleblower rights for all employees of contractors, state or local governments receiving the $787 billion stimulus. But it included nothing to protect federal workers in a position to expose stimulus fraud. What happened, and what can be done?

Kennebec Journal: Real Opportunity for Food Safety

February 17, 2009

By GAP Food & Drug Safety Associate Jonathan Cantu, and appeared in several outlets across the country including: the Kennebec Journal (Me), Central Maine Morning Sentinel (Me), Newtown Bee (Cn), Valley-City Times Record (ND) and LaGrange Daily New (Georgia).

Legal Times: Hiding in Plain Sight

January 26, 2009

By GAP Homeland Security Director Jesselyn Radack.

It's one of the nasty little secrets of Washington that everybody claims to dislike but nobody does anything about. It's called burrowing--the insidious phenomenon of political appointees, who should leave with the outgoing president or be forced to compete for positions to stay, instead frantically converting to career posts at the end of a presidential administration.

FOX News: Exclusive: World Bank's Web of Ties to 'India's Enron'

January 12, 2009

By RICHARD BEHAR

Experts are calling it "India's Enron Moment," the biggest accounting fraud ($1 billion) and corporate governance failure in the nation's history.

Wall Street Journal: World Bank Had Cited Concerns About Firm

January 08, 2009

By BOB DAVIS

The implosion of Satyam Computer Services Ltd. may batter the World Bank, which kept quiet until last month about its suspicions the firm engaged in bribery.

As early as 2006, the World Bank told the U.S. Justice Department it suspected Satyam may have been involved in bribery, according to bank officials. In February 2008, it temporarily suspended Satyam from bidding on new contracts, and then in September formally made the firm ineligible to bid on future contracts.

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