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February 28, 2018

By Sean Moulton

Census Needs Strong Objective Leadership—Now



An empty chair in front of business people. A controversial pick for a top Census Bureau job has withdrawn. Strong nonpartisan leadership is needed at the Bureau to ensure the 2020 census goes well.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 27, 2018

By Rebecca Jones

Government Prison Contracts Gamble with Taxpayer Dollars



The US flag behind a tangle of barbed wire. The Justice Department is implementing President Trump’s promise to bring back private prison contracts, ignoring its own Inspector General’s recommendations.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Contract Oversight

February 26, 2018

By Peter Tyler

I See Dead People . . . Cashing Federal Checks; Legislation Targets Payments Made in Error



A Social Security card sitting on a pile of money. Would you believe that some federal agencies are still mistakenly paying people long after they are dead? Fortunately, new bipartisan legislation in the Senate takes steps to tackle this problem.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 23, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Unworthy Tribute: FEMA Contract Raises Disaster Preparedness Concerns



Puerto Ricans recieving food, water, and medical supplies after Huricane Maria. The failure of a small, inexperienced company to deliver meals to Puerto Rico disaster survivors highlights the need for improved federal contracting.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 2, 2018

By Danielle Brian

“The Memo”: Willful Ignorance and the House Intel Committee



Devin Nunes The House Intelligence Committee voted to publicly release its classified memo on the FBI while opting to be willfully ignorant of the facts and potential consequences of its actions. That's the biggest problem with #ReleaseTheMemo.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security

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