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February 1, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Getting to Greater Government Transparency



Open Government The federal government needs to take concrete steps to be open and transparent by default, said OpenTheGovernment.org executive director Patrice McDermott in an op-ed on The Hill’s Congress Blog.

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Topics: Open Government

March 15, 2012

By Andrew Wyner

SUNSHINE WEEK: Revolving Regulators at the CFTC



Financial Oversight As part of Sunshine Week, a national initiative to highlight the importance of open government and freedom of information, POGO is releasing a host records obtained by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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Topics: Financial Sector, Open Government

March 1, 2012

By Neil Gordon

McCaskill, Webb Introduce Wartime Contracting Legislation that Could Save Taxpayers Billions



Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Jim Webb (D-VA) have introduced the Comprehensive Contingency Contracting Reform Act of 2012 (S. 2139), a bill that will greatly enhance transparency, sustainability, and accountability in overseas contingency operation

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Topics: Contract Oversight, Open Government

November 22, 2012

By Dana Liebelson

Super Committee is a Super Failure, But There's Still Hope for Taxpayers



Government Accountability The bipartisan Super Committee tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in budget cuts over the next decade is officially a super failure. Now, there's another question looming over the heads of American taxpayers: will Congress learn from its mistakes?

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Topics: Open Government

November 19, 2012

By Angela Canterbury

Wyden Pumps the Brakes on Anti-Leaks Legislation



Senator Ron Wyden POGO applauds Senator Ron Wyden for placing a hold on the Intelligence Authorization Act--problematic anti-leak provisions in the bill threaten the public's right to know and government accountability.

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Topics: Open Government

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