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January 12, 2017

By Sean Moulton

Open Government Win on Toxic Pollution



Massive natural gas processing plant near Bloomfield, New Mexico The Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to expand a toxic pollution reporting program—the Toxics Release Inventory program—to include natural gas processing plants. The proposed rule is an important win for open government as it will incre

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Energy and Natural Resources

December 9, 2016

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

POGO Testifies about Costs of Overclassification and Government Secrecy



Photo of Scott Amey POGO’s Scott Amey testified this week before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform at a hearing titled “Examining the Costs of Overclassification on Transparency and Security.” POGO’s testimony highlighted ways the executive branch conceal

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

October 27, 2016

By Halle Zander

A Right to “Know” or a Right to “No”: A War for Information



Panelists examining Congressional-Executive Branch Struggle Over Access to Information The Constitution Project and the Levin Center highlighted the intricacies of information access between the executive and legislative branches in a two-panel event.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

October 21, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Taxpayer-Funded Research Finally Available to Public



A woman reads through card catalogs in the Library of Congress A new website is making the Congressional Research Service’s taxpayer-funded reports available to the public for the first time, thanks to the efforts of good government groups that have been pursuing their public release for over 20 years.

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Topics: Open Government

October 12, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Transparency Efforts Expand in Public Natural Resource Management



The US Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative webpage The United States joined the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in 2011, but it needs to continue prioritizing transparency, especially regarding natural gas. POGO recently published the top five public natural resource reforms accomplished in t

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

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