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DARPA Chief Googles It

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Word is out that Regina Dugan is leaving her post as director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to sign on with the empire of search-engine giant Google. But it looks like an ongoing Defense Department Inspector General’s office audit of DARPA contracts and conflict-of-interest policies will continue.

As the Project on Government Oversight reminded its flock on Wednesday, there may still be controversy over contracts DARPA let to Dugan’s former company, RedXDefense, now run by her father. Wired magazine broke the story last summer.

A spokeswoman for the Defense IG’s office told Government Executive the “hotline” investigation is still open.

Charles S. Clark joined Government Executive in the fall of 2009. He has been on staff at The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, Time-Life Books, Tax Analysts, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the National Center on Education and the Economy. He has written or edited online news, daily news stories, long features, wire copy, magazines, books and organizational media strategies.

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