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March 4, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

House Unanimously Passes Freedom of Information Improvements



Open Government Last week, the House of Representatives passed important legislation that will go a long way towards reforming the Freedom of Information Act.

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Topics: Open Government

January 31, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Anti-Transparency Provisions Removed From Farm Bill



Chicken Farm In a victory for communities across the country, the current version of the farm bill, which the House of Representatives passed Wednesday, lacks earlier provisions that would have kept the public in the dark about certain farming operations.

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Topics: Open Government

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

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