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September 3, 2013

By Andre Francisco

House Committee Launches VA Accountability Website



Veterans Affairs Seal In an effort to highlight some of the accountability and oversight issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a House committee has launched a new page called VA Accountability Watch.

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Topics: Government Accountability

August 21, 2013

By Aimee Thomson

The False Choice Between Security and Liberty



Edward Snowden How do we maintain fundamental American rights of liberty and privacy while responding to the need to keep our country safe?

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Topics: Government Accountability

August 2, 2013

By Aimee Thomson

POGO and Allies Urge Improvements to Surveillance Law



Surveillance Cameras POGO, OpenTheGovernment.org, and National Security Counselors have presented the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) with a number of recommendations to create a more transparent and accountable national security apparatus.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 18, 2013

By Jack Scher

Executive Office Reports that Classification Is Declining



Classification According to an executive office report, portions of the classification system are shrinking. The report was released amid national debate over the balance of security and privacy, and the necessary amount of government secrecy.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 12, 2013

By Aimee Thomson

Secret Court Resists Releasing Surveillance Opinions



Scales of Justice Transparency advocates have long called for the declassification of secret court opinions that have allowed broad domestic surveillance. A recent letter from the court responsible for approving surveillance requests casts doubt on the release of these opin

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Open Government

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