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May 19, 2017

By Nick Schwellenbach

What to Look For Next: Leak Investigations and More Attacks on the Press



Freedom of the press The administration has signaled it wants to aggressively go after the press and its sources. Congress should push back on attacks on the First Amendment.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

April 5, 2017

By Mia Steinle

Senators Question Administration’s Reversal on Phasing out Private Prisons



Prison fence Senators Chris Van Hollen and Cory Booker are questioning the Justice Department’s reversal of its decision to phase out private prisons.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

March 13, 2017

By Lydia Dennett

Justice Dept. Improves Access to Foreign Lobbying Documents



A shot of various foreign banknotes and coins The Department of Justice has made a key set of foreign lobbying documents available online for the first time. American lobbyists working on behalf of foreign governments or political parties are required to file these documents, known as informational ma

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

February 27, 2017

By Nick Schwellenbach

Private Prisons Are Back: Here's Why That's a Terrible Idea



Detention Center fence Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed the Justice Department’s decision last year to phase out its use of private prisons, despite new reports raising concerns about their use.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 23, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Tracking Obama’s Corporate Crime Crackdown Coda



Violation Tracker logo over a backdrop of jail cells, original picture by Derek Key via Flickr Good Jobs First added to its Violation Tracker corporate misconduct database a flood of cases settled in the final weeks of the Obama administration, as well as enforcement data from nine more federal agencies.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections, Financial Sector, Contract Oversight

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