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October 18, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Shutdown Cost DoD $600 Million



National Security A spokesperson for the Department of Defense (DoD) estimated that the government shutdown cost the Pentagon at least $600 million due to losses in productivity. That number may rise as long-term costs continue to reveal themselves.

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Topics: National Security

October 16, 2013

By Lydia Dennett

A Radioactive Poster Child for Government Waste



UPF In 2005, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) persuaded Congress to approve a new uranium processing facility. They pitched it as a $600 million facility, but today, the cost of the project has ballooned to as high as $11.6 billion.

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Topics: National Security

October 10, 2013

By Danielle Brian

Stop the Shutdown Now



U.S. Capitol No matter what party you belong to or what beliefs you hold dear, America cannot continue this losing strategy of “governing by crisis.”

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Topics: Government Accountability

September 16, 2013

By Ethan Rosenkranz

House Unveils Short-term Spending Measure to Lock in Defense Cuts



Government Accountability A newly unveiled proposal to keep the government operating past the end of this month represents the first acknowledgment by House leadership that they ought to adhere to current law spending caps set by the sequester.

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Topics: National Security

September 13, 2013

By Angela Canterbury

DATA Act Gets a Boost at Transparency Conference



Open Government At the Data Transparency Conference this week, there was a lot of bipartisan support for proposed legislation to fix the many problems the public encounters with tracking federal spending: the Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act.

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Topics: Open Government

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