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March 23, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

SANE Act Reintroduced; Would Save Taxpayers Tens of Billions



B61 Bomb Rack The reintroduced SANE Act, if passed, would save taxpayers an estimated $100 billion dollars over the next 10 years, in part by implementing reforms that POGO has been advocating for years.

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Topics: National Security

March 2, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Groups Seek to Ban Secret Election Support by Contractors



Cash Stack In an effort to know more about federal contractors who influence elections, 50 groups have signed on to a letter urging President Obama to tackle the issue of secret political spending that can result in corruption in federal contracting.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

February 12, 2015

By Joe Newman

POGO’s Suggested Congressional Priorities and Legislative Reforms



Baker's Dozen Doughnu We’re calling it our “Baker’s Dozen,” a set of recommendations aimed at making the federal government more transparent, more accountable and more ethical.

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Topics: Government Accountability

December 5, 2014

By Danielle Brian

Tell Sen. Rockefeller To Release His Hold on FOIA Reform



Government Accountability The most critical reform of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in the past 38 years will die next week in the Senate unless we persuade Sen. Jay Rockefeller to remove his “hold” on this important legislation.

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Topics: Open Government

December 4, 2014

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

FOIA Reform Looking Possible in Lame Duck Congress



With one month left in the 113th Congress, FOIA reform looks more promising than ever. POGO is hopeful that the Senate will be able to move S. 2520 fast enough to see the significant reform passed into law before the new year.

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Topics: Open Government

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The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.