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January 31, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Anti-Transparency Provisions Removed From Farm Bill



Chicken Farm In a victory for communities across the country, the current version of the farm bill, which the House of Representatives passed Wednesday, lacks earlier provisions that would have kept the public in the dark about certain farming operations.

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Topics: Open Government

December 13, 2013

By Neil Gordon

Has Political Spending Defanged Intel Watchdogs in Congress?



Cash Stack Congressional overseers of U.S. intelligence programs received $3.7 million in campaign contributions from the largest intelligence contractors, according to a nonprofit research organization.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

December 6, 2013

By Michael Smallberg

Court to Consider Secret Regulation of Wall Street



FINRA The public has a right to know how the government polices the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), an industry-funded self-regulatory group, according to an amicus brief filed this week by POGO and its allies.

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Topics: Financial Sector

November 19, 2013

By Michael Smallberg

State Dept. Won’t Name Advisers Already in Government’s Public Database



State Department For four months, the State Department has refused to say which outside experts are working for the Department as special government employees (SGEs), ProPublica reported last week. Yet, the Project On Government Oversight was able to find more than 100 of the advisers identified as SGEs in an online government database. In other words, some of the information that State has been refusing to provide is hiding in plain sight.

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Topics: Government Accountability

November 7, 2013

By Angela Canterbury

Farm Bill Debate: Corporate Privacy or Public’s Right to Know



Farm Bill Secrecy The Farm Bill has been in and out of the news for months, but one troublesome element has not yet received enough attention: harmful secrecy provisions.

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Topics: Open Government

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