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February 3, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

The Fight Against Pseudo-Classification



Open Government It's only February, but its been a busy year on the open government front. The Transportation Security Administration's use of pseudo-classification markings has been criticized and the problem appears more like a pattern that a random instance.

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 29, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Darkness Falls on Afghanistan Oversight



National Security SIGAR's latest quarterly report on the Afghanistan reconstruction effort is another example of pointless government censorship.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 24, 2014

By Andre Francisco

Why Critics of Transparency Are Wrong



Open Government A new paper from the Brookings Institution argues that not only is transparency not what is holding back Congress, but that increasing openness is the best method to fight government dysfunction.

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Topics: Open Government

November 6, 2014

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Last Week in FOIA—Exploring Solutions to Today’s Problems



Open Government Last week was a busy one for FOIA advocates, and POGO offers a short roundup of some of the events that took place.

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Topics: Open Government

October 15, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Government Becomes Master of Its Data Domain



Contract Oversight POGO was pleased to see the General Services Administration step in and buy the rights to the federal government’s two most important spending transparency databases: the Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation and USASpending.gov.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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