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August 29, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Senators Question DOJ on NSA Info Sharing



NSA In a letter last week, a group of Senate Democrats asked Attorney General Eric Holder to clarify how the National Security Agency (NSA) shares information with domestic law enforcement agencies while still protecting Americans’ constitutional rights.

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Topics: National Security

June 24, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Op-Ed Argues for More Whistleblowers, Not Fewer



whistleblowers2 An op-ed in The Baltimore Sun argues that the long list of secret and questionable activities by the government means we need more whistleblowers to expose wrongdoing and inform the public.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

May 3, 2013

By Angela Canterbury

Illegal Foreclosures Are Corporate Trade Secrets?



Photograph of a Foreclosure Sign in front of a house Federal agencies are withholding information about the illegal foreclosure practices of mortgage companies from Members of Congress, relying on justifications that closely track those used to withhold documents from the general public under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Topics: Open Government

April 3, 2013

By Meryl Grenadier

Friend of the Court: POGO Joins Fight for Sunshine



Scales of Justice POGO recently joined in a “friend of the court” brief supporting the Electronic Frontier Foundation in its attempt to compel the government to release an Office of Legal Counsel memorandum and to stem the growth of a vast body of secret law.

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Topics: Open Government

March 1, 2013

By Lydia Dennett

House Report Highlights Need for Inspector General Nominations



Department of the Interior The watchdog office overseeing the department that manages the nation’s public lands and natural resources has been rendered toothless for over 1,400 days.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

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