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November 7, 2013

By Angela Canterbury

Farm Bill Debate: Corporate Privacy or Public’s Right to Know



Farm Bill Secrecy The Farm Bill has been in and out of the news for months, but one troublesome element has not yet received enough attention: harmful secrecy provisions.

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Topics: Open Government

October 9, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Haiti Recovery Cloaked in Secrecy



Haiti Three years after the earthquake in Haiti, there remains a startling lack of transparency about where millions in U.S. recovery funds went and what exactly was accomplished.

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Topics: Open Government

October 7, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Senator Worries Over Shutdown’s ‘Closed Government’



Leahy On Saturday, Senator Partick Leahy (D-Vt.) took to the Senate floor to speak about two troubling aspects of the shutdown: the crippled judiciary and decreased government transparency.

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Topics: Open Government

October 3, 2013

By Christine Anderson

Open Government Closed, Watchdogs Shut Out



Collection of website shutdowns As the federal government shuts down, so do the watchdogs responsible for keeping our government open and accountable.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 9, 2013

By Neil Gordon

POGO Obtains Second Helping of “Compelling Reason” Memos



Contract Oversight POGO has obtained the compelling reason determinations issued by the Defense Logistics Agency in 2009 and 2010 to waive the suspension of indicted logistics company Agility and extend its contracts to support the military in the Middle East.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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