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April 3, 2013

By Meryl Grenadier

Friend of the Court: POGO Joins Fight for Sunshine



Scales of Justice POGO recently joined in a “friend of the court” brief supporting the Electronic Frontier Foundation in its attempt to compel the government to release an Office of Legal Counsel memorandum and to stem the growth of a vast body of secret law.

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Topics: Open Government

March 26, 2013

By Christine Anderson

Real Reform? Open Government Legislation Moving in the House



Capitol Building Last week 13 bills that cover issues from security to freedom of information were passed with extraordinary bipartisanship by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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Topics: Open Government

March 16, 2013

By Lili Shirley

Lessons of Watergate Scandal Still Resonate



Watergate Hotel Over the last 40 years, the Watergate scandal has been dissected every which way, but the lessons learned continue to shape our politics and legislation to this day.

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Topics: Open Government

March 14, 2013

By Suzanne Dershowitz

It’s Not as Sunny as We’d Like



Fog in Washinton, D.C. During Sunshine Week, POGO's Director of Public Policy testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on transparency, accountability, and unchecked secrecy in the growing national security state.

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Topics: Open Government

March 13, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Bipartisan Bill Aims to Modernize FOIA



Open Government A draft bipartisan bill announced on Tuesday would “mandate a single online portal for all Freedom of Information Act requests across government,” according to an article in NextGov.

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Topics: Open Government

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