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May 11, 2018

By Mort Rosenberg

Why Congressional Inquiries Trump Federal Investigations



Comey memos DOJ When the Justice Department shared former FBI Director James Comey’s Trump-related memos with Congress, executive branch defenders were outraged. They’re wrong, and here’s why.

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 18, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Public Interest Group Wins Legal Fees in Transparency Lawsuit



A Los Angeles metropolitan bus A California court recently ordered a contractor that tried to block the release of public records to pay the legal expenses of an organization that requested the records.

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Topics: Open Government, Contract Oversight

March 13, 2018

By Justin Rood

The Depressing Heroism of a Bipartisan Congressional Inquiry



Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in front of the letter they sent. A bipartisan letter from two Senators to the White House last month deserves greater attention—and praise. While it can seem that Congressional oversight is doomed to fail in this era of hyperpartisanship, the duo’s joint questions regarding clearance proc

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Topics: Government Accountability

December 19, 2017

By Amelia Strauss

Without a Nominee, a Federal Study on Sexual Harassment Is Bottled Up



Empty conference room The Merit Systems Protection Board is working on a report on sexual harassment in the federal workplace, but it can’t release the findings until President Trump nominates and the Senate confirms a new board member.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Whistleblower Protections

December 18, 2017

By Amelia Strauss

Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Plan Shrouded in Secrecy



Help The secrecy around Puerto Rico’s hurricane response and recovery plan is an odd and troubling aspect of September’s major disaster.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

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