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March 12, 2018

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Defense Lobbying Ban Might Drain the Pentagon Swamp



Revolving door man The FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act prohibits lobbying activities by certain Defense Department officials, which will slow down the revolving door and help drain the swamp.

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 30, 2018

By Andrew Bergman

Scott Pruitt to Testify Today: Here Are POGO’s Most Pressing Questions



Scott Pruitt EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will testify today in front of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. POGO hopes for thorough answers about EPA accountability.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

June 1, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

White House Releases Ethics Waivers After Battle with OGE



White House Ethics Waiver The White House reversed its decision to fight the Office of Government Ethics over the release of government ethics records the day after POGO requested that it should proactively release copies of ethics waivers on public websites.

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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

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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