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May 19, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Senate Staff, Not Senators, Decided to Close the NDAA



Photograph of an Empty Senate Hearing Room The secretive Senate Armed Services Committee vote to hold debate on the National Defense Authorization Act in a closed session broke more rules than originally thought.

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Topics: Open Government

May 14, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Congress Still Playing Keep-Away with CRS Reports



CRS Logo The House Appropriations Committee has decided to maintain a ban on the Congressional Research Service’s ability to publish its reports, holding tight to symbolic congressional control of this information.

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Topics: Open Government

May 12, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Social Media Campaign Prompts Senate Action



Screenshot of #FOIA on Twitter Newly released FOIA documents show that a social media campaign about FOIA legislation caught the attention of Capitol Hill staffers and helped move the bill through the Senate last Congress.

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Topics: Open Government

May 6, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Senate Committee—Breaking Rules and Not Giving Names



2015 Open NDAA Not only does the Senate Armed Services Committee want to debate their behemoth authorization bill in secret, they want to do so by disregarding their own committee rules.

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Topics: Open Government

April 23, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

SASC Votes Early and in the Dark on Opening NDAA



Open NDAA troops with plane The Senate Armed Services Committee voted to keep this year’s National Defense Authorization Act markup behind closed doors.

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Topics: Open Government

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