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May 23, 2018

By Jake Laperruque

ICE Backs Down on “Extreme Vetting” Automated Social Media Scanning



ICE cyber monitoring In a major victory for civil rights and civil liberties advocates, ICE has shut down its plan to include unreliable automated social media scanning as part of an “Extreme Vetting” program. However ICE’s plans for Extreme Vetting are still problematic, espe

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

April 18, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Public Interest Group Wins Legal Fees in Transparency Lawsuit



A Los Angeles metropolitan bus A California court recently ordered a contractor that tried to block the release of public records to pay the legal expenses of an organization that requested the records.

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Topics: Open Government, Contract Oversight

April 17, 2018

By Nicholas Trevino

POGO’s Outsized Tax-Day Impact



Taxes Over the past 37 years, the Project On Government Oversight’s investigations have saved taxpayers billions of dollars.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Energy and Natural Resources, Contract Oversight

April 17, 2018

By Daniel Van Schooten

Bad Actors Among Border Wall Contractors



Border wall construction site Half of the six contractors that built border wall prototypes had questionable track records, including one contractor that the Army Corps of Engineers felt was too risky to do future business with.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 4, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Government Security Clearances Continue to Drop, Backlogs Remain



Top secret A new intelligence agency report found fewer government employees and contractors holding security clearances and a worsening backlog of pending security reviews. But the report omits key data, preventing a deeper dive into the findings.

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Topics: Open Government, National Security, Contract Oversight

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