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Laura Peterson

Investigator

lpeterson@pogo.org |

Meet the New Wall: Same as the Old Wall

July 27, 2017

The Trump administration’s border security promises sound an awful lot like what we’ve heard before: Money thrown at contractors on a rushed timeline with no strategy.

Trump's Ethics Pledge Is Paper-Thin

June 6, 2017

Federal agencies provided few details on how they are addressing political appointees' potential conflicts of interest during the Trump administration.

Where's the Public Among the Royalty Policy Committee's Interests?

November 21, 2017

The Department of Interior’s new Royalty Policy Committee gets too much input from industry and too little from civil society.

Border Agency Hasn’t Requested Funding for New Wall

October 23, 2017

Despite President Trump’s claim that a border wall is crucial for our safety, the Department of Homeland Security hasn’t requested funding for new walls or fences since the last wall was mandated a decade ago.

New Bill Hurts and Helps Trump’s Border Wall

August 21, 2017

A new Republican bill loosens President Trump’s requirement for a border wall, but contains disturbing implications for government contracting and corporate handouts.

Lawmakers Question Interior Secretary Over Whistleblower Reassignment

August 17, 2017

Members of Congress are supporting a Department of Interior executive who says management retaliated against him because he disclosed how climate change is putting Alaskan coastal communities at risk.

Border Wall is Billion-Dollar Black Box So Far

June 27, 2017

Trump’s border wall is crawling toward creation despite lack of transparency, funding, and planning.

More Trump Appointees Get Waived Past Ethics Pledge

June 8, 2017

The Office of Government Ethics posted waivers to the ethics pledge for 10 Trump appointees after demanding them from federal agencies.

November 28, 2017

Energy oversight woes still need tending — IG

E&E News | By Pamela King

October 23, 2017

Emails reveal chaos behind border wall

USA Today | By Jill Castellano and Rafael Carranza

September 27, 2017

Construction Of Border Wall Prototypes Begins; Trump Vows To Pick The Best Option

Western Journalism | By Jack Davis

September 26, 2017

Trump said he'll pick a border wall design himself. Turns out, he can.

Dallas Morning News | By Todd J. Gillman

August 31, 2017

U.S. Moves to Build Prototypes for Mexican Border Wall

The New York Times | By Ron Nixon