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February 10, 2015

By Phillip Shaverdian

Agency Rules and Regulations Are Not Laws

Robert MacLean The Supreme Court ruled that disclosures of information prohibited by agency rules or regulations are not “specifically prohibited by law” and therefore do not qualify as an exemption under the Whistleblower Protection Act.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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

October 2, 2014

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

POGO Briefs the Supreme Court Supporting MacLean

MacLean, Boven and Devine testify before Congress, September 2014, Photo by Linda Lewis This week, the Project On Government Oversight submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court supporting Robert MacLean, who blew the whistle on a cost-cutting measure that would have removed air marshals from long-distance flights when the government was aware of a looming terrorist hijacking plot.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

June 30, 2014

By Max Johnson

House Report Faults TSA Security Marking in Air Marshal Case

Top Secret Stamp A House Oversight Committee report on the Transportation Security Administration’s use of the “Sensitive Security Information” pseudo-classification found that TSA has had “organizational problems” with the application of the SSI designation dating back

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

May 21, 2014

By Neil Gordon

FOUO? Phooey!

Open Government The Pentagon's Inspector General is using the "for official use only" information label to bury findings of fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement in defense programs.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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