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February 17, 2017

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POGO Video: Explaining the Foreign Lobbying Revolving Door



Trump Ethics Executive Order Foreign Lobbying Revolving Door - foreign flags denoting influence dropped on an outline of the US Capitol POGO Investigator Lydia Dennett explains the loopholes in the Foreign Agents Registration Act and the Lobbying Disclosure Act that could allow lobbying agents with foreign clients to get around President Trump's foreign lobbying ban.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

February 13, 2017

By Sean Moulton

We Need You: Help Improve FOIA



Screenshot of Google Survey on use of Freedom of Information Act requests (FOIA) The Project On Government Oversight and the National Security Archive are seeking the input of anyone that has requested government agency records through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The survey is open until the end of February. Results will be used to inform the work of the FOIA Federal Advisory Committee.

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Topics: Open Government

February 2, 2017

By Sean Moulton

Executive Order is Two Steps Backwards on Regulations



Trump Signing January 30, 2017 Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs with OMB logo in background President Trump’s “one-in, two-out” Executive Order on regulations could bring rulemaking to a grinding halt and shortsightedly ignores the benefits from regulations.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

January 26, 2017

By Nicholas Pacifico

Government Financials a Mess, Improper Payments Rise Again



One hundred dollar bill note shredded and laid out The Government Accountability Office released its financial audit of the federal government for fiscal year 2016, again unable to provide an opinion due to long-standing deficiencies and citing concerns regarding improper payments.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

January 26, 2017

By Emily Manna

Government Gag Orders Put Public at Risk



George Washington Mural Censored If the White House is issuing gag orders to prevent employees at federal agencies from communicating with Congress and the public, it could be illegal and represent a serious threat to public health and safety.

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Topics: Open Government

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