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January 3, 2017

By Lydia Dennett

Following Public Backlash House Members Drop Amendment to Gut Ethics Office



US Capitol in the evening in black and white Following public outcry and criticism from groups like POGO, the House reversed a previous decision to significantly weaken the independence of the Office of Congressional Ethics. Unfortunately the new rules for the 115th Congress did not include reforms t

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

December 9, 2016

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

POGO Testifies about Costs of Overclassification and Government Secrecy



Photo of Scott Amey POGO’s Scott Amey testified this week before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform at a hearing titled “Examining the Costs of Overclassification on Transparency and Security.” POGO’s testimony highlighted ways the executive branch conceal

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

November 30, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

NDAA Conferees Drop Harmful Secrecy Language from Final Bill



Aerial of Pentagon building with orange and yellow backlights The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 no longer contains a provision that would strip the public of its ability to obtain information regarding Pentagon operations under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Topics: Open Government

November 17, 2016

By Nicholas Pacifico

House Oversight Committee Takes Aim at Improper Payments



Black and white photo of a very messy desk. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report detailing ineffectiveness of current improper payment system.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

October 27, 2016

By Halle Zander

A Right to “Know” or a Right to “No”: A War for Information



Panelists examining Congressional-Executive Branch Struggle Over Access to Information The Constitution Project and the Levin Center highlighted the intricacies of information access between the executive and legislative branches in a two-panel event.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

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