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November 21, 2017

By Laura Peterson

Where's the Public Among the Royalty Policy Committee's Interests?



Wyoming coal mine 120 The Department of Interior’s new Royalty Policy Committee gets too much input from industry and too little from civil society.

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Topics: Open Government, Energy and Natural Resources

November 20, 2017

By Peter Tyler

Inspector General Empowerment Act Passage Already Helping Our Federal Watchdogs



Magnifying glass with cash Leaders from the Inspector General community testified before Congress last week on challenges facing these key federal watchdogs, and laid out recommendations that would allow improved oversight of federal programs and spending.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

November 8, 2017

By Mia Steinle

Homeland Security’s Top Watchdog Pulled Documents from its Website



Screenshot of the FOIA Reading Room from the DHS OIG website The Department of Homeland Security removed from its website documents cataloging misconduct allegations against its employees but failed to inform the public why it did so.

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Topics: Open Government

November 6, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Pentagon Nixes Release of Afghan Reconstruction Data—Again



Marines show Afghan National Police officers how to disassemble their new M16A2 assault rifles to clean them at Bost Airport in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, Aug. 16, 2017. For the second time in two years, the Pentagon has classified information on the capabilities of the Afghan security forces that was previously reported to the public. Will the Pentagon stand by its shaky justification, or will it have a change of heart li

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, National Security

November 3, 2017

By Rebecca Jones

Oversight Committee Democrats File Suit to Compel Trump Hotel Details



Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC Democratic lawmakers in the House filed suit on Thursday to compel the General Services Administration to hand over details surrounding the Trump International Hotel’s ties to the President and to money stemming from foreign officials.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Contract Oversight

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