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November 16, 2017

By Daniel Van Schooten

Agency Vacancies May Impact Veterans, School Lunches, and More



Former Under Secretary visits a school lunch program Starting on November 16, the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 will make life harder for government officials working in “acting” capacity, and may impact important government operations.

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Topics: Government Accountability

October 31, 2017

By Andrea Peterson

Indictment Shows Why We Need Public White House Visitor Logs



Fence in front of the White House in Washington, DC. The target of one of the first indictments to come out of the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election reportedly visited the White House as recently as this summer.

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Topics: Open Government

July 18, 2017

By Tim Farnsworth

Congress Has Constitutional Mandate to Investigate



Danielle Brian testifies before Congress Congress and the executive branch are not only capable of conducting concurrent investigations, they have successfully done so in the past.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 15, 2017

By Nicholas Pacifico

Understanding the Anti-Lobbying Law



White House and Capitol Hill Despite the plain language of anti-lobbying bans, a narrow interpretation by the DOJ has given executive branch employees a lot of leeway in influencing the legislative process.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 1, 2017

By Daniel Van Schooten

A Special Counsel Shouldn’t Keep Congress from Investigating



Capitol Building Congressional investigations can bring to light important information that would have been left unaddressed by a criminal investigation.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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