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June 18, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Does America Have a Security-Industrial Complex?



NSA A new article in The Atlantic argues that the level of secrecy in Washington has become “absurd,” especially around intelligence and defense programs.

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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

May 24, 2013

By Christine Anderson

Leahy, POGO, and Partners Stall Farm Bill Secrecy Amendment



Farm Bill Secrecy Quick action by Senator Leahy, POGO, and other transparency advocates stalled movement on unnecessary amendments to the Farm Bill proposed by Senators Grassley and Connelly that would undermine the Freedom of Information Act.

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Topics: Government Accountability

May 22, 2013

By Angela Canterbury

DATA Act 2.0: Fewer Bells, but Brighter Future



Taxes As both the House and Senate introduce new drafts of the DATA Act, the time could be ripe for real reform to federal spending transparency.

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Topics: Government Accountability

May 10, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Security Laws Must Include Transparency and Accountability



Open Government Any laws to expand the powers of the FBI in the wake of the Boston bombings should explicitly include transparency and accountability provisions, according to a new op-ed in The Atlantic by Bruce Schneier.

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Topics: Open Government

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