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September 23, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

New Declassification Board Member Has Long Classification Past



Kenneth L. Wainstein Last week, Kenneth L. Wainstein was quietly named to the Public Interest Declassification Board. Wainstein is not the first person you might think of with an interest in promoting government transparency. In fact, his work experience suggests a serious con

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Topics: Open Government

September 13, 2013

By Angela Canterbury

DATA Act Gets a Boost at Transparency Conference



Open Government At the Data Transparency Conference this week, there was a lot of bipartisan support for proposed legislation to fix the many problems the public encounters with tracking federal spending: the Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act.

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Topics: Open Government

August 29, 2013

By Andre Francisco

New Book to Chronicle Camp Lejeune Water Contamination



Camp Lejeune Post Office A new book about the thirty-five years of water contamination at Camp Lejeune that sickened hundreds of thousands of Marines and their families will be released early next year, according to an article in the Military Times.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

July 9, 2013

By Neil Gordon

POGO Obtains Second Helping of “Compelling Reason” Memos



Contract Oversight POGO has obtained the compelling reason determinations issued by the Defense Logistics Agency in 2009 and 2010 to waive the suspension of indicted logistics company Agility and extend its contracts to support the military in the Middle East.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 8, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Secret Court Decisions Expand Surveillance Powers



Open Government The classified rulings of a secretive court are creating a new body of law that greatly expands the surveillance powers of the National Security Agency, according to an article in The New York Times.

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Topics: National Security

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