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May 30, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

White House Backing Down on Contractor Compensation Cap



Contract Oversight The White House is backing down on its call to significantly reduce the cap on compensation for defense and civilian contractor employees.

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Topics: Contract Oversight, Government Accountability

May 29, 2013

By Danielle Brian

Are Chemical Safety Inspectors Being Blocked in West, TX?



West Texas Explosion The Chemical Safety Board was created to investigate chemical accidents, but it has been prevented from properly accessing the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion site, and from doing its job.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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 8, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Cell Phone Services Show Broken Buying System



Photograph of a Cell Phone Waiting Area Sign OMB's Norman Dong provided details about a federal agency with 13 comparable phone service plans that appear to be wasting taxpayer dollars.

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Topics: Contract Oversight, Government Accountability

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