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March 12, 2018

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Defense Lobbying Ban Might Drain the Pentagon Swamp



Revolving door man The FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act prohibits lobbying activities by certain Defense Department officials, which will slow down the revolving door and help drain the swamp.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 12, 2018

By Nicholas Trevino

POGO Lights Up for Sunshine Week



Sun illuminates the US Capitol Every year during Sunshine Week, citizens across the country shine a light on the problems preventing Americans from enjoying the open government that they deserve.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

March 6, 2018

By Andrea Peterson

Carl Icahn: A Conflict-of-Interest “Icon” for the Trump Era



Carl Icahn sits behind Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in the foreground. Suspicious trades in the run-up to President Trump’s steel tariff announcement are just the latest potential conflict of interest involving the one-time White House advisor.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 28, 2018

By Sean Moulton

Census Needs Strong Objective Leadership—Now



An empty chair in front of business people. A controversial pick for a top Census Bureau job has withdrawn. Strong nonpartisan leadership is needed at the Bureau to ensure the 2020 census goes well.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 27, 2018

By Rebecca Jones

Government Prison Contracts Gamble with Taxpayer Dollars



The US flag behind a tangle of barbed wire. The Justice Department is implementing President Trump’s promise to bring back private prison contracts, ignoring its own Inspector General’s recommendations.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Contract Oversight

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