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August 19, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Foreign Influence Becomes Hot Issue on US Campaign Trail



Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Controversy over former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s ties to Russia, Ukraine, and DC lobbyists highlights problems with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign is dogged by questions about relationships

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Topics: Open Government, National Security

August 10, 2016

By Lexi Curnin

DoD IG to Begin Proactively Releasing its Reports



Aerial shot of the Pentagon (Photo: Flickr / Rudiriet) The DoD Office of Inspector General has committed to proactively releasing its reports and select investigations, rather than requiring a FOIA request for each document.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

August 4, 2016

By Danielle Brian

Preventing the Next Watergate



Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton If either Donald Trump or Hillary Clintion are serious about open government and preventing corruption, here are three things they must do before taking office.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

July 18, 2016

By Nicholas Pacifico

Improper Payments: $1 Trillion of Simple Mistakes



Money Payments Dollars Sign 120 The federal government’s improper payments have cost taxpayers over $1 trillion since 2003.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

July 5, 2016

By Lexi Curnin

For FOIA’s 50th, FEMA Still Dragging Feet After 10 Years



Photographs of Houses under water because of Hurricane Katrina flooding FOIA celebrated its 50th birthday, and the law has seen some incredible successes, but some agencies still apparently haven’t gotten the memo.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Contract Oversight

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