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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

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 15, 2013

By Suzanne Dershowitz

FOIAonline: Measuring Performance and Looking Ahead



Open Government FOIAonline may revolutionize the way the public accesses government information, but first, more agencies need to buy into the system.

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Topics: Open Government

March 15, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Public Deserves Access to Contractor Workforce Size and Cost Data



Letter from the National Science Foundation Access to federal government data on the size and cost of the contractor workforce needs improvement. Agencies still don't collect the data needed to understand the financial burden of millions of government and contractor workers.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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