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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

December 6, 2017

By Amelia Strauss

ICE Fights to Keep Facility Information Secret



Heads with keyhole Information ICE fought to keep secret reveals lapses in oversight of its detention centers. This is particularly troubling as the Trump administration ramps up its efforts to detain and deport more immigrants.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

December 4, 2017

By Peter Tyler

Starving the Department of Homeland Security Watchdog During a Time of Growing Challenges



Department of Homeland Security The Senate and House deliberations over the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG) budget exemplifies how Congress must strengthen its oversight efforts. While the overall DHS budget is increasing as the agency is facing many new

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Topics: Government Accountability

December 4, 2017

By Neil Gordon

White House Considering Privatized Spy Networks



CIA Director Mike Pompeo The Trump administration is reportedly mulling plans to put a private company in charge of conducting a variety of covert intelligence and counterterrorism activities. We explain why this is a bad idea.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 22, 2017

By Daniel Van Schooten

Food Fight: Fighting for Food Safety Without a Champion



Thanksgiving dinner As you get ready to feast on turkey this Thanksgiving, one thing you can be thankful for is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

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Topics: Government Accountability, Public Health and Science

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