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November 24, 2014

By Andre Francisco

Why Critics of Transparency Are Wrong



Open Government A new paper from the Brookings Institution argues that not only is transparency not what is holding back Congress, but that increasing openness is the best method to fight government dysfunction.

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Topics: Open Government

November 6, 2014

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Last Week in FOIA—Exploring Solutions to Today’s Problems



Open Government Last week was a busy one for FOIA advocates, and POGO offers a short roundup of some of the events that took place.

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Topics: Open Government

August 26, 2014

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Another Take on FOIA Objections by Contractors



Open Government Openness expert responds to a POGO blog; details his cautious approach when he objected to the release of government information for client.

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Topics: Open Government

August 20, 2014

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Should Contractor FOIA Objections be Labeled?



Open Government Improvements to FOIA are moving through Congress, and one additional change is needed--the public should be informed when contractors object to the release of information to the public.

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Topics: Open Government

July 29, 2014

By POGO Guest Blogger

When the Administration Asks Itself to Declassify



Classified In preparing a recent report, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board demonstrated an unusual mode of declassification. In this case, the process was remarkably productive, and it may offer a precedent for future declassification efforts.

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Topics: Open Government

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