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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

April 5, 2013

By Andre Francisco

When Over-Classification Starts Wars



Open Government A new series of blog posts over on Defusing the Nuclear Threat is highlighting how over-classification of documents can not only be wasteful, but dangerous.

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Topics: Open Government

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 28, 2013

By Mia Steinle

SEC Stands Firm as Industry Tries to Un-Do Transparency Law



Oil Rig As natural resources companies wage a legal battle against a new regulation that calls for more revenue reporting, the Securities and Exchange Commission has stood its ground, firmly rejecting industry’s anti-transparency arguments.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

March 15, 2013

By Meryl Grenadier

Shining a Light on FOIA Practices



Ray of Light In celebration of Sunshine Week, a number of organizations released studies of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that indicate how government agencies measured up in terms of providing information to the public in 2012.

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Topics: Open Government

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