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April 24, 2017

By Justin Rood

Martin Hellman: Congress Should Determine Facts About Chem Attack in Syria



syria missile One of Congress's responsibilities is to check and balance executive power. Stanford professor Martin Hellman argues in a recent article that it should act on that responsibility by examining the intelligence Trump used to justify bombing Syria.

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 5, 2017

By Daniel Van Schooten

Congressional Letters to Agencies Going Unanswered



Congress Over 100 of Congress’s letters to the Trump administration have gone unanswered. POGO urges President Trump to take Congressional oversight seriously and quickly fill vacant Congressional affairs positions.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 29, 2017

By Justin Rood

Chairman Nunes Violated Basic Principles of Oversight, House Leadership Must Act



Rep. Devin Nunes in Latvia in 2014 The Project On Government Oversight calls on House Speaker Paul Ryan to demonstrate the leadership’s commitment to preserving the separation of powers that provide the checks and balances required by the Constitution. The basic principles of Congressional oversight are being forgotten as Congress is struggling to obtain answers about Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and the possibility of coordination or collusion with the Trump campaign.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 24, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Contracts Need to Be Posted Online



Senator Claire McCaskill speaking in the Financial and Contracting Oversight Subcommittee The “Contractor Accountability and Transparency Act of 2017” (S. 651) introduced by Senator Claire McCaskill will enhance transparency in the area of federal contract spending. The bill will expand the information available on USASpending.gov, make the con

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

January 30, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Trump Fails to Expand Definition of Lobbyist in Ethics Order



POTUS Signing Executive Order at White House in January President Trump’s ethics executive order fails to drain the swamp and end a federal government controlled by influence peddlers. Although some of the restrictions are good, the order fails to redefine lobbying and therefore offers little hope that much wil

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Topics: Government Accountability

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