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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

September 8, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Justice Dept. Watchdog Confirms “Unacceptable” FARA Compliance



A shot of various foreign banknotes and coins The Department of Justice Inspector General released an audit on enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) yesterday which echoed findings of lax compliance and enforcement of the law detailed in a 2014 POGO report.

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Topics: Government Accountability

August 19, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Foreign Influence Becomes Hot Issue on US Campaign Trail



Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Controversy over former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s ties to Russia, Ukraine, and DC lobbyists highlights problems with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign is dogged by questions about relationships

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Topics: Open Government, National Security

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