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March 12, 2014

By Joe Newman

CIA Should be Held Accountable for Interference with Senate Committee’s Work



Capitol Surveillance President Obama should declassify a U.S. Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices and end any attempts by the CIA to obstruct congressional oversight, a coalition of groups said today in a letter to the president.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

March 4, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

House Unanimously Passes Freedom of Information Improvements



Open Government Last week, the House of Representatives passed important legislation that will go a long way towards reforming the Freedom of Information Act.

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Topics: Open Government

January 31, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Anti-Transparency Provisions Removed From Farm Bill



Chicken Farm In a victory for communities across the country, the current version of the farm bill, which the House of Representatives passed Wednesday, lacks earlier provisions that would have kept the public in the dark about certain farming operations.

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Topics: Open Government

November 19, 2013

By Angela Canterbury

Game-Changing DATA Act Clears the House



Open Government Last night, the House passed with nearly unanimous bipartisan support a bill to shine a much brighter light on how the government spends taxpayer dollars.

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Topics: Open Government

November 7, 2013

By Angela Canterbury

Farm Bill Debate: Corporate Privacy or Public’s Right to Know



Farm Bill Secrecy The Farm Bill has been in and out of the news for months, but one troublesome element has not yet received enough attention: harmful secrecy provisions.

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Topics: Open Government

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