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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

September 5, 2014

By Andre Francisco

POGO's Danielle Brian Talks Secret Laws, Transparency Reform



Danielle Brian on CSPAN POGO's Danielle Brian was recently on C-SPAN to talk about the wave of government reforms that followed the Watergate scandal. Here we've collected some of the best clips from her interview.

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Topics: Government Accountability

August 29, 2014

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

POGO Joins in Asking FCC to Reform Radio Political Ad Info



Money Exchanging Hands POGO joins 10 other groups asking the FCC to require radio stations to post political ad spending information to an online database.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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