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March 3, 2017

By David S. Hilzenrath

Trump’s Dangerous Prescription for the FDA



President Trump addressing a joint session of Congress, with VP Mike Pence and Rep. Paul Ryan seated behind him, clapping. President Donald Trump called the FDA drug approval process slow and burdensome, but the evidence he cited could point to the opposite conclusion. Slashing regulatory restraints as he proposed could pose medical and financial hazards.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Public Health and Science

February 13, 2017

By Sean Moulton

We Need You: Help Improve FOIA



Screenshot of Google Survey on use of Freedom of Information Act requests (FOIA) The Project On Government Oversight and the National Security Archive are seeking the input of anyone that has requested government agency records through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The survey is open until the end of February. Results will be used to inform the work of the FOIA Federal Advisory Committee.

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Topics: Open Government

January 18, 2017

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Open Government Comes to CIA: Agency Posts Millions of Declassified Docs



Hands typing on laptop keyboard from public domain The Central Intelligence Agency made available online a searchable database containing millions of declassified pages in response to a lawsuit by MuckRock.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

January 17, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Court Blocks Peek Into Small Biz Contracting Program



A Heavily Redacted Document from the Department of Defense No one really knows the extent to which federal small business contracts are diverted to large companies. Unfortunately, an appeals court recently refused to shine light on a defense contracting program designed to help small businesses that may be doing m

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Topics: Open Government, Contract Oversight

November 30, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

NDAA Conferees Drop Harmful Secrecy Language from Final Bill



Aerial of Pentagon building with orange and yellow backlights The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 no longer contains a provision that would strip the public of its ability to obtain information regarding Pentagon operations under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Topics: Open Government

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