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November 6, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Pentagon Nixes Release of Afghan Reconstruction Data—Again



Marines show Afghan National Police officers how to disassemble their new M16A2 assault rifles to clean them at Bost Airport in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, Aug. 16, 2017. For the second time in two years, the Pentagon has classified information on the capabilities of the Afghan security forces that was previously reported to the public. Will the Pentagon stand by its shaky justification, or will it have a change of heart li

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, National Security

November 3, 2017

By Rebecca Jones

Oversight Committee Democrats File Suit to Compel Trump Hotel Details



Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC Democratic lawmakers in the House filed suit on Thursday to compel the General Services Administration to hand over details surrounding the Trump International Hotel’s ties to the President and to money stemming from foreign officials.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Contract Oversight

October 30, 2017

By Lydia Dennett

Manafort Indictment Demonstrates How FARA Falls Short



Paul Manafort walks from Federal District Court in Washington, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. A grand jury has indicted President Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), a foreign influence law that the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has found to be regularly violated and rarely enfo

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Topics: Government Accountability

October 27, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Puerto Rico Electric Contract Concerning, But Normal



Power line distribution specialists inspect the road near damaged power lines in Río Grande, Puerto Rico, Oct. 25, 2017, during Hurricane Maria relief efforts. The no-audit clause in the Whitefish Energy contract to restore electricity in Puerto Rico is a problem, and it actually highlights a bigger problem with many federal contracts.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

October 27, 2017

By Nick Schwellenbach

Opioid Investigation Shows the Swamp in Action



Hand holding pills in front of the US Capitol The federal government’s efforts to fight the widespread deadly epidemic of opioid addiction were stymied by the campaign finance system and the revolving door.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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