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January 26, 2017

By Nicholas Pacifico

Government Financials a Mess, Improper Payments Rise Again



One hundred dollar bill note shredded and laid out The Government Accountability Office released its financial audit of the federal government for fiscal year 2016, again unable to provide an opinion due to long-standing deficiencies and citing concerns regarding improper payments.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

January 23, 2017

By Daniel Van Schooten

TSA Found to be Abusing Pseudo-Classification System (Again)



Political Cartoon in black and white, with the word Secrecy backed by clouds, spewing classified documents to the ground in a metaphor for the lack of transparency in Washington DC An Inspector General report has found that the TSA is abusing its pseudo-classification system and “cannot be trusted to administer the program.”

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

January 23, 2017

By Nicholas Pacifico

IG Independence Protected by Passage of Empowerment Act



The US Capitol lit up at night, photographed by Stephen Melisethian The Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2016, passed by the Senate in December 2016, codifies the right of Inspectors General to access all agency data they need to effectively do their job.

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 18, 2017

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Open Government Comes to CIA: Agency Posts Millions of Declassified Docs



Hands typing on laptop keyboard from public domain The Central Intelligence Agency made available online a searchable database containing millions of declassified pages in response to a lawsuit by MuckRock.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

January 13, 2017

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Second Ethics Office Challenged



Walter Shaub Congress clashes with the Office of Government Ethics over handling of conflicts-of-interest issues involving the incoming administration and President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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