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January 17, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Court Blocks Peek Into Small Biz Contracting Program



A Heavily Redacted Document from the Department of Defense No one really knows the extent to which federal small business contracts are diverted to large companies. Unfortunately, an appeals court recently refused to shine light on a defense contracting program designed to help small businesses that may be doing m

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Topics: Open Government, Contract Oversight

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

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