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January 31, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Anti-Transparency Provisions Removed From Farm Bill



Chicken Farm In a victory for communities across the country, the current version of the farm bill, which the House of Representatives passed Wednesday, lacks earlier provisions that would have kept the public in the dark about certain farming operations.

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Topics: Open Government

December 19, 2013

By Mia Steinle

U.S. Submits Transparency Plan for International Approval



EITI The U.S. candidacy application to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative has been submitted, which means the public is one step closer to understanding how the extractive industries impact their communities, the environment, and the economy.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

December 6, 2013

By Michael Smallberg

Court to Consider Secret Regulation of Wall Street



FINRA The public has a right to know how the government polices the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), an industry-funded self-regulatory group, according to an amicus brief filed this week by POGO and its allies.

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Topics: Financial Sector

December 4, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Podcast: Exploring Transparency for Oil and Gas Extraction



Danielle Brian at an EITI Meeting In this podcast, POGO’s Mia Steinle talks about POGO's involvement in EITI and the hurdles the initiative faces in its goal of increased royalty transparency for oil, gas and hard rock minerals.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

November 19, 2013

By Angela Canterbury

Game-Changing DATA Act Clears the House



Open Government Last night, the House passed with nearly unanimous bipartisan support a bill to shine a much brighter light on how the government spends taxpayer dollars.

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Topics: Open Government

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