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March 24, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Contracts Need to Be Posted Online



Senator Claire McCaskill speaking in the Financial and Contracting Oversight Subcommittee The “Contractor Accountability and Transparency Act of 2017” (S. 651) introduced by Senator Claire McCaskill will enhance transparency in the area of federal contract spending. The bill will expand the information available on USASpending.gov, make the con

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

March 23, 2017

By Ari Goldberg

POGO: GSA Ruling on Trump Hotel Lease Should Be Challenged



Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC POGO General Counsel Scott Amey challenges the General Services Administration’s conclusion that the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC does not violate the terms of the lease forbidding a benefit to elected officials.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 23, 2017

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Vacancies Leave Whistleblowers Vulnerable



President Trump speaks with German Chancellor Merkel from the Oval Office. He is on the phone with a staffer seated before him and several other empty seats. To bolster federal oversight and ensure the protection of whistleblowers, President Donald Trump needs to fill positions in Offices of Inspectors General, the Office of Special Counsel, and the Merit Systems Protection Board.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

March 13, 2017

By Lydia Dennett

Justice Dept. Improves Access to Foreign Lobbying Documents



A shot of various foreign banknotes and coins The Department of Justice has made a key set of foreign lobbying documents available online for the first time. American lobbyists working on behalf of foreign governments or political parties are required to file these documents, known as informational ma

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

March 13, 2017

By Nick Schwellenbach

Trump’s Trademarks Pose Ethics Challenge for the Executive Branch



Trump President Trump has trademark litigation before an executive branch panel—these judges ultimately work for Trump. Can they neutrally preside over a case involving him?

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Topics: Government Accountability

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