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July 10, 2013

By Jana Persky

FBI Nominee Supports Whistleblowers and Transparency



James Comey In his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday, President Barack Obama’s nomination for director of the FBI, James Comey, spoke in favor of protecting whistleblowers and increasing transparency in government.

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Topics: Open Government

July 8, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Secret Court Decisions Expand Surveillance Powers



Open Government The classified rulings of a secretive court are creating a new body of law that greatly expands the surveillance powers of the National Security Agency, according to an article in The New York Times.

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Topics: National Security

July 1, 2013

By Jack Scher

Public Unable to Hold Nuclear Subcontractors Accountable



Y-12 Department of Energy policy shields subcontractors from being held accountable by the public. In order to ensure that tax dollars are not wasted and security not jeopardized, reform is necessary.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 27, 2013

By Andre Francisco

New Podcast: How the Intelligence World Came to Rely on Contractors



Microphone Why did the United States start outsourcing so many of its intelligence activities? What risks and costs does this pose to the government?

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 26, 2013

By Aimee Thomson

Electronic Surveillance Law 101



Spying The recent whistleblowing disclosures by Edward Snowden have revealed systemic mass domestic surveillance. The government has justified its programs on the grounds that they are both legal and overseen by the FISA Court. But what do the PATRIOT Act, FISA, and the FISA Court actually do?

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Open Government

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