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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

July 3, 2013

By Jana Persky

Celebrating FOIA's 47th Birthday



FOIA Video Screen This Thursday, America will be celebrating the 237th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. But here at POGO, we will also be marking the 47th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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Topics: Open Government

June 5, 2013

By Christine Anderson

Senate Should Support Cardin Amendment to Farm Bill Over Grassley-Donnelly Amendments



Farm Bill Graphic There is a clear and important divide between two amendments to the Farm Bill currently under consideration in the Senate.

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Topics: Open Government

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