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November 30, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

NDAA Conferees Drop Harmful Secrecy Language from Final Bill



Aerial of Pentagon building with orange and yellow backlights The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 no longer contains a provision that would strip the public of its ability to obtain information regarding Pentagon operations under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Topics: Open Government

September 20, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Busting the Myth of Whistleblower Protections for IC Contractors



Edward Snowden Wired Magazine Cover on News Stand 8/2014 by Mike Mozart on Flickr There is one undeniable fact surrounding Snowden’s circumstances that has been misreported by Congress and the Executive Branch far too many times: the Intelligence Community (IC) contractor would have had almost no protections had he come forward through proper channels.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, National Security

June 9, 2016

By Carter Salis

NDAA Markups Continue Under a Veil of Secrecy



Senator John McCain and Senator Jack Reed The Senate Armed Service Committee continues to stymie transparency by holding NDAA markups in closed sessions. The Project On Government Oversight believes the Committee ought to permit the democratic process to unfold and move discussion of unclassified policy amendments to open sessions.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

April 27, 2016

By Nicholas Pacifico

DoD Proposes Increasing Employee Spending Limits



Credit card money cash spending The DoD recently proposed legislation to increase the micro-purchase threshold from $3,000 to $10,000. Past abuses of purchase cards highlight the risks of increasing this limit.

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Topics: Government Accountability

October 26, 2015

By Dan Grazier

President Obama Vetoes the NDAA over Slush Fund



Graphic with the word vetoed on it. President Obama made good on his promise to veto the National Defense Authorization Act, largely because of the use of the Overseas Contingency Operations account as a Pentagon slush fund.

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Topics: National Security

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