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January 12, 2016

By Jacob Marx

Once Upon a Time in Los Alamos



Los Alamos National Lab New Mexico In a new book, Los Alamos: A Whistleblower’s Diary: Secret Colony, Hidden Truths, Chuck Montano, a former auditor at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL), raises a number of questions about an alleged suicide near the premises.

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Topics: Open Government, Energy and Natural Resources

December 7, 2015

By Daniel Van Schooten

Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back as FBI Launches “eFOIA”



Photo of hands holding a computer tablet with the word eFOIA The FBI has created a new online portal for FOIA requests. Unfortunately, the potential benefits of the system are overshadowed by arbitrary and unnecessary restrictions to submitting the FOIA requests.

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Topics: Open Government

November 12, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

DOJ Keeps Government Blind to CIA’s Secret Prison Program



Screenshot of the CIA Report cover to US Senate on Torture DOJ refuses to read the Senate's extensive Torture Report on CIA's counterterrorism initiatives post 9/11, advising federal employees to do the same in order to prevent claims for public access.

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Topics: Open Government

November 3, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

NAP Causes Irritability Among Civil Society Groups



White House National Action Plan 2015 The White House's National Action Plan is filled with many promises, but lacks details and misses opportunities.

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Topics: Open Government

October 30, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Congressional Transparency Caucus Drives CRS Reports Talks



CTC CRS Reports Panel Recently, a bipartisan panel from the Congressional Transparency Caucus discussed the importance of making taxpayer-funded reports by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) accessible to the public.

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Topics: Open Government

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