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June 19, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

'Democracy in the Dark' Sheds Light on Government Secrecy



F.A.O. Schwarz Jr. and Danielle Brian F.A.O. Schwarz Jr. discussed his new book, Democracy in the Dark, and the role of secrecy in national security.

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Topics: Open Government, National Security

June 17, 2015

By Jacob Marx

Is the Pentagon Crying Wolf over Its Budget?



Aerial shot of the Pentagon (Photo: Flickr / Rudiriet) Recent reports from the CRS and GAO raise questions about the Pentagon's response to sequestration.

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Topics: National Security

June 12, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Congressional Watchdog Confirms Weapon-Testing Benefits



Screenshot of the DOT & E Logo The most recent report by the Government Accountability Office confirms the benefits of weapon testing and proves just how wrong industry critics are about the alleged costs and delays caused by independent, realistic weapons testing.

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Topics: National Security

June 11, 2015

By Danielle Brian

POGO Stands by Army Whistleblower Lt. Col. Jason Amerine



Screenshot of Lt. Colonel Jason Luke Amerine Lt. Col. Jason Amerine, who his today testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, is being retaliated against for making protected whistleblower disclosures to House Armed Services committee member Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) regarding dysfunctions in recovering American hostages, including Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. POGO stands by Lt. Col. Amerine and urges Congress to expand protections for all military whistleblowers.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, National Security

June 9, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

Navy Officials May Have Illegally Lobbied on Sub Fund



Photo of Rear Admiral Joseph Tofalo Navy efforts to establish an off-budget Sea-Based Deterrence Fund may have included illegal grassroots lobbying by Navy leadership to garner congressional support. POGO sent a letter to the GAO asking them to investigate remarks made by Admiral John Richar

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Topics: National Security

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The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.