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July 4, 2017

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

FOIA Turns 51: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?



U.S. flag and fireworks On the 51st birthday of the Freedom of Information Act, POGO explains what FOIA is and why it continues to matter.

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Topics: Open Government

June 29, 2017

By Albert Chen

Appropriations Bill May Finally Make Congressional Research Reports Public



A woman reads through card catalogs in the Library of Congress Congress is poised to require certain Congressional Research Service reports be made public for the first time ever, a mandate POGO has long advocated for.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

June 8, 2017

By Laura Peterson

More Trump Appointees Get Waived Past Ethics Pledge



White House Ethics Waiver The Office of Government Ethics posted waivers to the ethics pledge for 10 Trump appointees after demanding them from federal agencies.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

May 18, 2017

By Sean Moulton

New Public Accountability on Ethics Agreements



Statue of justice in an office The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) established a new certification that tracks presidential appointees’ ethics compliance, which will be posted online. The move should create greater accountability when it comes to appointees’ ethics commitments.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

April 21, 2017

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

For Now, Secrecy Trumps Transparency at the White House



Photo of the White House Gate Unfortunately, the Trump Administration has decided they will not disclose the names of visitors to the White House, a giant step backwards from the previous administration.

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Topics: Open Government

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