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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

July 1, 2013

By Jack Scher

Public Unable to Hold Nuclear Subcontractors Accountable



Y-12 Department of Energy policy shields subcontractors from being held accountable by the public. In order to ensure that tax dollars are not wasted and security not jeopardized, reform is necessary.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 28, 2013

By Jana Persky

Video: Getting Our Fair Share from Natural Resources



EITI Video Too often, people in resource-rich countries are left in poverty even as their governments bring in enormous revenues from the extraction of natural resources. To combat this problem, many countries have adopted the Extractive Industries Transparency Initi

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

June 21, 2013

By Mia Steinle

Natural Resource Transparency Must Include Local Governments



Energy and Natural Resources Groups that represent the interests of citizens, investors, unions, and others are championing greater openness from local governments as the United States implements the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

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