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October 7, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Taxpayers Closer to Getting Fair Return on Public Natural Resources



Photo of Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell The troubled Royalty-In-Kind program, which benefitted corporations that were extracting resources from public lands, was successfully terminated. But the job’s not done: the Bureau of Land Management needs to prioritize getting taxpayers a fair return on the use of renewable energies on federal lands. POGO recently published the top five public natural resource reforms accomplished in the past eight years and the top five recommendations for the current and future administration.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

October 5, 2016

By Ari Goldberg

Reining in Mineral Mismanagement on Public Lands



Coal Extraction Mining Public Lands EITI After the troubled Minerals Management Service was successfully dissolved in 2011, the fight to ensure taxpayers receive their fair share continues as good government groups like POGO argue that minerals on public lands should not be given away for free. P

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

October 3, 2016

By Ari Goldberg

Cleaning Up Coal's Act



Coal Mine While the Interior Department successfully overhauled regulations for the extraction of natural resources like oil, the federal coal program is due for more changes. POGO recently published the top five public natural resource reforms accomplished in the p

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

August 18, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POGO’s 2016 Summer Reading List



Girl sitting on a lawn reading a good government book like the ones chosen each summer by POGO Summer is coming to an end but there’s still time to reenergize yourself with a book that matters! Take your pick of the latest books on nuclear policy, national security, or government oversight (or in some cases, lack thereof.)

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources, National Security, Financial Sector, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

July 5, 2016

By Lexi Curnin

For FOIA’s 50th, FEMA Still Dragging Feet After 10 Years



Photographs of Houses under water because of Hurricane Katrina flooding FOIA celebrated its 50th birthday, and the law has seen some incredible successes, but some agencies still apparently haven’t gotten the memo.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Contract Oversight

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