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February 19, 2015

By Phillip Shaverdian

Former Representative Has a Lot to Say About Broken Congress



Mike Rogers After serving in Congress for 14 years, recently retired Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI) offers several observations about why Congress has been unable to break the seemingly endless gridlock.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 17, 2015

By Andre Francisco

Keeping Congressional Oversight Alive



Congress Some Capitol Hill observers have noted that effective congressional oversight has waned as many advocates for aggressive, bipartisan investigations have left Congress.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 3, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Questions for Secretary of Defense Nominee Ash Carter



Ashton Carter The confirmation hearing for Defense Secretary nominee Ash Carter should include questions about the revolving door, his acquisition reform efforts, and if he is willing to take on military services that put weapon systems ahead of our armed forces.

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Topics: National Security

January 27, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

Questions for Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch



Loretta E. Lynch President Obama’s nominee for Attorney General, Loretta E. Lynch, is scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week for a series of confirmation hearings. POGO urges the Committee to ask Lynch how she will handle reports of misconduct by Justice Department attorneys.

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 16, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

POGO to Launch Congressional Subpoena Rule Database



Government Accountability POGO’s Congressional Oversight Initiative has begun to create an online database of each committee's and subcommittee’s subpoena and deposition rules, and is reaching out to congressional staff for opinions on how these rules help or hinder bipartisan coop

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Topics: Government Accountability

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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.