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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

January 13, 2015

By Andre Francisco

Who Controls the Security Clearances Controls the Oversight



Danielle Brian Talking Security Clearances POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian and Mike German from the Brennan Center for Justice discuss who controls security clearances for staffers and how this can negatively impact Congressional oversight.

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Topics: Government Accountability

December 18, 2014

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

The Time is Ripe for New Rules on Congressional Oversight



National Security Congressional oversight of national security issues has not inspired much confidence recently; however, the new House has a chance to adopt new procedural rules and improve its ability to carry out meaningful oversight.

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Topics: National Security

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