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May 24, 2013

By Christine Anderson

Leahy, POGO, and Partners Stall Farm Bill Secrecy Amendment



Farm Bill Secrecy Quick action by Senator Leahy, POGO, and other transparency advocates stalled movement on unnecessary amendments to the Farm Bill proposed by Senators Grassley and Connelly that would undermine the Freedom of Information Act.

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Topics: Government Accountability

May 15, 2013

By Christine Anderson

Ten Questions That USASpending.Gov Can’t Answer



Question Mark USASpending.gov is supposed to be a hub for citizens to find information about government spending, but it comes up short when trying to answer some key questions.

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Topics: Open Government

May 15, 2013

By Christine Anderson

USASpending.gov: NOT Your One-Stop Shop for Following Taxpayer Dollars



Open Government USASpending.gov is a federal spending information website that is riddled with errors and gaps in information, making it impossible to follow taxpayer dollars.

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Topics: Open Government

May 3, 2013

By Angela Canterbury

Illegal Foreclosures Are Corporate Trade Secrets?



Photograph of a Foreclosure Sign in front of a house Federal agencies are withholding information about the illegal foreclosure practices of mortgage companies from Members of Congress, relying on justifications that closely track those used to withhold documents from the general public under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Topics: Open Government

April 18, 2013

By Angela Canterbury

Obama Administration Grades Openness Performance on a Curve



Open Government Partnership POGO takes a look at the Administration's self-assessment of its first year in the global Open Government Partnership. Implementation of the National Action Plan led to some encouraging steps forward, though these steps were not as bold as hoped.

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Topics: Open Government

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The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.