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May 26, 2016

By Sean Moulton

House Committee Votes to Keep Congressional Reports Secret



Screenshot of Rep. Mike Quigely offering an amendment on CRS report availability. The House Appropriations Committee voted against posting Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports online for the public.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

May 24, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Rare Instance of Transparency in DOJ Attorney Misconduct



Photo of a gavel Last week, an order and opinion by United States District Judge Andrew S. Hanen provided some rare transparency into a case of DOJ attorney misconduct.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

May 17, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Senate Raises Concerns Over Energy Watchdog Nominee’s Independence



Screen capture from IG nomination of Senator Ron Wyden Last week, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing to review Susan Beard, the current nominee for the Department of Energy Inspector General position. Several Senators, including Chairwoman Murkowski and Senator Wyden, questione

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Topics: Government Accountability, Energy and Natural Resources

May 16, 2016

By Phoebe Bodkin

VA Continues to Manipulate Wait-Time Data



Department of Veterans Affairs VA Building VA medical centers continue to manipulate wait-time data, and newly enrolled veterans are waiting far too long for appointments.

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Topics: Government Accountability

May 13, 2016

By Phoebe Bodkin

Shay Assad is Maligned, His Pro-Taxpayer Initiatives Blocked



Shay Assad Pentagon DoD Pricing Shay Assad, DoD’s director of Defense Pricing, has been legally blocked from implementing pro-taxpayer initiates thanks to successful lobbying by contractors.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

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