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October 3, 2013

By Christine Anderson

Open Government Closed, Watchdogs Shut Out



Collection of website shutdowns As the federal government shuts down, so do the watchdogs responsible for keeping our government open and accountable.

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Topics: Government Accountability

October 2, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Impact of Government Shutdown Continues to Grow



CDC Tweet On Shutdown As the government shutdown continues, its impact goes far beyond the furloughed federal workers.

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Topics: Government Accountability

October 1, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

The Wait Begins: Read Up on the Shutdown



Department of Labor Website Screenshot As you probably already know, Congress ignored the pleadings of the Project On Government Oversight along with almost everyone else in the U.S. and failed to meet yesterday’s midnight deadline to avoid the debilitating government shutdown.

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Topics: Government Accountability

September 30, 2013

By Danielle Brian

Congress is Holding the Nation Hostage



Sorry We're Closed sign Congress needs to do its job and end the government shutdown showdown which threatens America's prosperity and security.

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Topics: Government Accountability

September 27, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

The ATF Loses 2.1 Million Cartons of Cigarettes and Other Wasteful Mistakes



Cigarettes A 68-page audit of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) released yesterday revealed some startling examples of wasteful spending and face-palm worthy screw-ups, like when federal agents misplaced 2.1 million cartons of cigarettes, with a retail of more than $127 million. Finders-keepers for some lucky smoker out there.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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