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July 17, 2012

By Michael Smallberg

Fannie, Freddie, and Mortgage Regulator Balked at Oversight, Watchdog Says



Fannie Mae A federal inspector general says even as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were receiving billions of dollars from the government to continue playing a central role in the nation's crippled housing market, the mortgage companies and their regulator were balking a

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Topics: Financial Sector

June 27, 2012

By Suzanne Dershowitz

POGO Applauds Bureau's New Credit Card Complaint Database-Boon for Consumers



Suzie 2 Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) launched a brand new credit card complaint database, providing the public with important, new information on which banks have generated criticism from consumers. Making these complaints available o

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Topics: Financial Sector, Open Government

March 2, 2012

By Ben Freeman, Ph. D.

Gingrich Advisor's Ties to Foreign Interests



Robert McFarlane An investigation by POGO has found that one of Newt Gingrich's advisers, Robert McFarlane, covertly lobbied for interests in southern Sudan and reportedly on behalf of the Sudanese government—without properly disclosing his activities to the U.S. governmen

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Topics: Financial Sector

October 19, 2011

By Michael Smallberg

GAO Raises Serious Concerns about Conflicts of Interest and Inadequate Transparency at Federal Reserve Banks



Financial Oversight The professional and financial ties between the directors of the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks and Fed-supervised firms have created a "reputational risk" for the Federal Reserve System, and the Reserve Banks have not given the public access to key gov

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Topics: Open Government, Financial Sector

June 16, 2011

By Michael Smallberg

SEC Withholds Records on Oversight of Self-Regulatory Group



Finra sign Suzanne Barlyn's latest column in Dow Jones Compliance Watch raises new concerns about the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) practices and the lack of transparency at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (F

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Topics: Financial Sector

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