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July 17, 2012

By Michael Smallberg

Fannie, Freddie, and Mortgage Regulator Balked at Oversight, Watchdog Says



Fannie Mae A federal inspector general says even as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were receiving billions of dollars from the government to continue playing a central role in the nation's crippled housing market, the mortgage companies and their regulator were balking a

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Topics: Financial Sector

March 8, 2012

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Drug Busts, Hurricanes, and Torture, Oh My! 10 Key Inspector General Investigations



dana liebelson With the release of POGO's new Inspector General (IG) vacancy tracker, we've sparked discussion about the important role IGs play in government oversight. We've also encouraged President Obama to appoint IGs in a timely manner, and asked the Senate to cons

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February 13, 2012

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Budget Breakdown: Rolling Analysis of Obama's FY 2013 Budget



The White House Today, POGO will be offering rolling analysis of President Obama's Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 budget. The budget is a blueprint for the initiatives the President would fund if he was unconstrained by Congress.

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Topics: Government Accountability

August 18, 2010

By Michael Smallberg

Brokerages Demand Greater Transparency from Self-Regulatory Organization



You don’t often hear about regulated entities calling on a regulator to be more open and transparent about its oversight activities. Yet that’s exactly what happened last week at the 2010 annual meeting of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA

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Topics: Financial Sector

March 5, 2010

By Michael Smallberg

Judge's Ruling Helps FINRA Keep Its Records Behind Closed Doors



As described in our latest podcast, POGO sent a letter to Congress last week calling for increased oversight of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), a self-regulatory organization (SRO) that oversees thousands of securities broker-dealers, and is supposed to be looking out for the interests of the investing public.

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Topics: Financial Sector

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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.