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June 19, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

'Democracy in the Dark' Sheds Light on Government Secrecy

F.A.O. Schwarz Jr. and Danielle Brian F.A.O. Schwarz Jr. discussed his new book, Democracy in the Dark, and the role of secrecy in national security.

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Topics: Open Government, National Security

March 2, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Groups Seek to Ban Secret Election Support by Contractors

Cash Stack In an effort to know more about federal contractors who influence elections, 50 groups have signed on to a letter urging President Obama to tackle the issue of secret political spending that can result in corruption in federal contracting.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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

January 6, 2015

By Danielle Brian

A New Year's Resolution

Open Government We’re kicking off the New Year by calling out some of the so-called pundits who have argued that too much transparency is at the root of Washington gridlock. That’s just flat wrong.

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Topics: Open Government

November 24, 2014

By Andre Francisco

Why Critics of Transparency Are Wrong

Open Government A new paper from the Brookings Institution argues that not only is transparency not what is holding back Congress, but that increasing openness is the best method to fight government dysfunction.

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Topics: Open Government

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