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December 17, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Year-End Spending Bill Loaded with Pork and Boondoggles



Government Accountability In its rush to recess for the year, Congress enacted a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill, called the "cromnibus," which funded gobs of pork at the Pentagon and Department of Energy.

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Topics: National Security

December 16, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Former CEO of “Flagrant 5” Firm Pleads Guilty to Fraud



Contract Oversight Former Louis Berger Group CEO Derish Wolff pleaded guilty to overbilling the U.S. Agency for International Development. Two other former executives have already pleaded guilty in the matter, for which the company paid $69 million in civil and criminal fine

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Topics: Contract Oversight

December 16, 2014

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Last Minute Frenzy Around FOIA and Its Disappointing End



Open Government Both the House of Representatives and the Senate unanimously passed Freedom of Information Act reform laws in this past year, yet the 113th Congress ended without sending any FOIA legislation to the President. How last minute lobbying quietly killed widel

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Topics: Open Government

December 16, 2014

By Lydia Dennett

Oversight of Foreign Lobbying Suffers From Neglect, Indifference and Lack of Transparency



FARA Report A federal law meant to track U.S. political activity by foreign interests suffers from lax enforcement, shoddy record keeping, glaring loopholes and in many cases outright disregard by the firms hired to lobby on behalf of foreign entities, according to a report published today by POGO.

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Topics: National Security

December 15, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Navy Tries to Cover Up New Carrier’s Exploding Cost



Ford Carrier The Navy is trying to cover up the total cost of its new aircraft carrier, which is $2.4 billion over budget and climbing.

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Topics: National Security

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