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December 13, 2017

By Peter Tyler

Revealing the Lost World of Government Reports



Closeup of a person using a computer The recently introduced Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act would require federal agencies to forward copies of congressionally mandated reports to the Government Publishing Office, which would then post them online to more easily allow Congress

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

December 12, 2017

By Jake Laperruque

As Clock Ticks Down on Warrantless-Surveillance Authority, Congress Races to the Bottom



Surveillance Camera Efforts by Congress to reauthorize the controversial warrantless-surveillance authority vary significantly for privacy and whistleblower protections, but the latest is by far the worst.

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Topics: Open Government, Whistleblower Protections, National Security

November 21, 2017

By Laura Peterson

Where's the Public Among the Royalty Policy Committee's Interests?



Wyoming coal mine 120 The Department of Interior’s new Royalty Policy Committee gets too much input from industry and too little from civil society.

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Topics: Open Government, Energy and Natural Resources

November 20, 2017

By Peter Tyler

Inspector General Empowerment Act Passage Already Helping Our Federal Watchdogs



Magnifying glass with cash Leaders from the Inspector General community testified before Congress last week on challenges facing these key federal watchdogs, and laid out recommendations that would allow improved oversight of federal programs and spending.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

November 8, 2017

By Mia Steinle

Homeland Security’s Top Watchdog Pulled Documents from its Website



Screenshot of the FOIA Reading Room from the DHS OIG website The Department of Homeland Security removed from its website documents cataloging misconduct allegations against its employees but failed to inform the public why it did so.

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Topics: Open Government

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