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May 23, 2018

By Jake Laperruque

ICE Backs Down on “Extreme Vetting” Automated Social Media Scanning



ICE cyber monitoring In a major victory for civil rights and civil liberties advocates, ICE has shut down its plan to include unreliable automated social media scanning as part of an “Extreme Vetting” program. However ICE’s plans for Extreme Vetting are still problematic, espe

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

May 22, 2018

By Andrea Peterson

A Q&A with the NSA’s Internal Watchdog



Robert Storch NSA POGO talks with the NSA’s first independently-appointed Inspector General.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections, National Security

May 22, 2018

By Nick Schwellenbach

How Zinke’s Interior Department Has Impeded Oversight



Zinke investigation money Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his aides often disregard, and perhaps even attempt to evade, oversight and accountability

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Topics: Government Accountability, Energy and Natural Resources

May 17, 2018

By Bonnie Goldstein

Paper Cuts: Cashing in on Connections



Businesspeople shake hands with money What may be most shocking of all is, current laws regulating lobbying are so painfully weak that Cohen’s potential influence-peddling may have been legal.

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Topics: Government Accountability

May 11, 2018

By Mort Rosenberg

Why Congressional Inquiries Trump Federal Investigations



Comey memos DOJ When the Justice Department shared former FBI Director James Comey’s Trump-related memos with Congress, executive branch defenders were outraged. They’re wrong, and here’s why.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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