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May 20, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Another Year, Another Unhelpful FOIA Report



FOIA The methodology in an annual agency FOIA survey leaves much to be desired. The Office of Information Policy should take a closer look at how agencies are implementing FOIA.

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Topics: Open Government

April 15, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

A Good American Asks for Transparency



A Good American Film Screenshot Whistleblowers join forces with Austrian director in documentary to increase efforts to declassify Department of Defense Inspector General’s Report.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, National Security

April 12, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Improprieties Found in Navy Port Service Contracts



Photo of USS Truxton (DDG 103) refuels at sea with USNS Leroy Grumman. An audit conducted in response to a massive Navy contract bribery scandal found significant weaknesses in the Navy’s management of port service contractors, as well as several improper—and potentially fraudulent—practices by the Navy and its contractors.

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

March 18, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

DHS Took 9 Years to Reject FOIA Request for Katrina Records



New Orleans After a delay of over nine years, POGO finally received a response to a 2006 FOIA request regarding a potential conflict of interest when four massive sole-sourced contracts were awarded without any objective evaluation criteria.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

March 3, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

FBI Improves eFOIA by Dropping ID Requirement



Photo of hands holding a computer tablet with the word eFOIA Amid significant outcry, the FBI has responded by removing the controversial ID requirement from the newest version of its web-based FOIA system.

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Topics: Open Government

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