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January 6, 2015

By Danielle Brian

A New Year's Resolution



Open Government We’re kicking off the New Year by calling out some of the so-called pundits who have argued that too much transparency is at the root of Washington gridlock. That’s just flat wrong.

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Topics: Open Government

December 4, 2014

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

FOIA Reform Looking Possible in Lame Duck Congress



With one month left in the 113th Congress, FOIA reform looks more promising than ever. POGO is hopeful that the Senate will be able to move S. 2520 fast enough to see the significant reform passed into law before the new year.

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Topics: Open Government

November 24, 2014

By Andre Francisco

Why Critics of Transparency Are Wrong



Open Government A new paper from the Brookings Institution argues that not only is transparency not what is holding back Congress, but that increasing openness is the best method to fight government dysfunction.

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Topics: Open Government

October 15, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Government Becomes Master of Its Data Domain



Contract Oversight POGO was pleased to see the General Services Administration step in and buy the rights to the federal government’s two most important spending transparency databases: the Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation and USASpending.gov.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

September 15, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

SIGAR Tells Fellow Watchdogs to Shout from the Rooftops



Gene Aloise All too often, federal watchdogs find alarming evidence of government malfeasance, only to bury their findings in reports that are dense, hidden, or redacted. Thankfully, at least one Inspector General recognizes the value of publicity, and is urging other

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Topics: Government Accountability

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