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August 8, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Prison Time for GSA Official Caught in Nepotism Scheme



GSA Building 120 Helen Rene’e Ballard, a former GSA contracting official who played a key role in a POGO investigation more than a decade ago, was recently sentenced to prison for a nepotism scheme.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

July 4, 2017

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

FOIA Turns 51: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?



U.S. flag and fireworks On the 51st birthday of the Freedom of Information Act, POGO explains what FOIA is and why it continues to matter.

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Topics: Open Government

June 8, 2017

By Laura Peterson

More Trump Appointees Get Waived Past Ethics Pledge



White House Ethics Waiver The Office of Government Ethics posted waivers to the ethics pledge for 10 Trump appointees after demanding them from federal agencies.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

April 21, 2017

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

For Now, Secrecy Trumps Transparency at the White House



Photo of the White House Gate Unfortunately, the Trump Administration has decided they will not disclose the names of visitors to the White House, a giant step backwards from the previous administration.

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Topics: Open Government

March 28, 2017

By Ari Goldberg

POGO's 2017 Baker’s Dozen Wishlist for Congress



Aerial U.S. Capitol Building The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has unveiled its biennial list of 13 policy areas ripe for Congressional action. It includes recommendations for legislative fixes to make the federal government more transparent, accountable, and ethical.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources, National Security, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

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