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April 24, 2017

By Justin Rood

Martin Hellman: Congress Should Determine Facts About Chem Attack in Syria



syria missile One of Congress's responsibilities is to check and balance executive power. Stanford professor Martin Hellman argues in a recent article that it should act on that responsibility by examining the intelligence Trump used to justify bombing Syria.

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 5, 2017

By Mia Steinle

Senators Question Administration’s Reversal on Phasing out Private Prisons



Prison fence Senators Chris Van Hollen and Cory Booker are questioning the Justice Department’s reversal of its decision to phase out private prisons.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

April 5, 2017

By Daniel Van Schooten

Congressional Letters to Agencies Going Unanswered



Congress Over 100 of Congress’s letters to the Trump administration have gone unanswered. POGO urges President Trump to take Congressional oversight seriously and quickly fill vacant Congressional affairs positions.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 29, 2017

By Justin Rood

Chairman Nunes Violated Basic Principles of Oversight, House Leadership Must Act



Rep. Devin Nunes in Latvia in 2014 The Project On Government Oversight calls on House Speaker Paul Ryan to demonstrate the leadership’s commitment to preserving the separation of powers that provide the checks and balances required by the Constitution. The basic principles of Congressional oversight are being forgotten as Congress is struggling to obtain answers about Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and the possibility of coordination or collusion with the Trump campaign.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 28, 2017

By Ari Goldberg

POGO's 2017 Baker’s Dozen Wishlist for Congress



Aerial U.S. Capitol Building The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has unveiled its biennial list of 13 policy areas ripe for Congressional action. It includes recommendations for legislative fixes to make the federal government more transparent, accountable, and ethical.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources, National Security, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

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