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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

June 18, 2013

By Christine Anderson

Shining Light on Closed Doors



Congress Although some Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) subcommittees have slowly begun to open their NDAA markups to the public, POGO continues to wait for the day the SASC will open all its closed NDAA discussions to the public.

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Topics: Open Government

June 14, 2013

By Adam Zagorin

Final Inspector General’s Report Cuts References to Panetta’s Disclosure of “TOP SECRET” Info



National Security The Department of Defense Inspector General’s final report on what kind of access the Zero Dark Thirty filmmakers had to classified information omits any reference to then-CIA Director Leon Panetta’s disclosure of “TOP SECRET” and other sensitive informati

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

June 5, 2013

By Christine Anderson

Senate Should Support Cardin Amendment to Farm Bill Over Grassley-Donnelly Amendments



Farm Bill Graphic There is a clear and important divide between two amendments to the Farm Bill currently under consideration in the Senate.

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Topics: Open Government

June 4, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Sen. Shaheen Pushes White House on Declassification



Open Government Last week, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) urged President Obama to follow the recommendations of a congressionally appointed board tasked with evaluating the government’s classification system, according to an article in The Huffington Post.

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Topics: Open Government

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