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Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Buddy Used His ‘Shadow’ Sway Over the VA to Promote His Comic Book Empire

This story first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Two and a half years ago, top officials from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs rang the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange. Standing on the podium with them was a cheering, flexing Captain America. Spider-Man waved from the trading floor below. The event had been billed as a suicide prevention...
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OMB Nominee Pledges to Work With Congress and GAO on Coronavirus Investigations

The Office of Management and Budget will “be as responsive as we possibly can,” said Russell Vought.
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Gov’t Watchdog: Reverse Mortgages Present Benefits and Risks for Seniors

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published a blog post on its “WatchBlog” devoted to providing additional information and context for seniors who may be considering a reverse mortgage transaction for themselves. The post — derived from a 2019 study on the product category by GAO and its director of financial markets and community investment Alicia Puente Cackley — aims to lay out the potential benefits and risks that a senior should be aware of before entering into a reverse m...
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GAO-20-447R, Private Citizens' Involvement in Decision-Making at the Department of Veterans Affairs: Information on the Purpose, Scope, and Time Frames of Interactions between 2016 and 2018, May 04, 2020

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may obtain advice and recommendations from private citizens and other entities to inform various agency decisions. GAO reviewed VA officials' interactions...
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GAO-20-439, Defense Acquisitions Annual Assessment: Drive to Deliver Capabilities Faster Increases Importance of Program Knowledge and Consistent Data for Oversight, June 03, 2020

This is GAO’s 18th annual assessment of DOD acquisition programs. GAO’s prior assessments covered major defense acquisition programs. This year’s assessment expands to include selected major IT systems and rapid prototyping and rapid fielding programs, in response to a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019.
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