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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

November 7, 2013

By Angela Canterbury

Farm Bill Debate: Corporate Privacy or Public’s Right to Know



Farm Bill Secrecy The Farm Bill has been in and out of the news for months, but one troublesome element has not yet received enough attention: harmful secrecy provisions.

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Topics: Open Government

October 18, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Shutdown Cost DoD $600 Million



National Security A spokesperson for the Department of Defense (DoD) estimated that the government shutdown cost the Pentagon at least $600 million due to losses in productivity. That number may rise as long-term costs continue to reveal themselves.

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Topics: National Security

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The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.