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May 12, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Social Media Campaign Prompts Senate Action



Screenshot of #FOIA on Twitter Newly released FOIA documents show that a social media campaign about FOIA legislation caught the attention of Capitol Hill staffers and helped move the bill through the Senate last Congress.

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Topics: Open Government

May 6, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Senate Committee—Breaking Rules and Not Giving Names



2015 Open NDAA Not only does the Senate Armed Services Committee want to debate their behemoth authorization bill in secret, they want to do so by disregarding their own committee rules.

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Topics: Open Government

April 23, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

SASC Votes Early and in the Dark on Opening NDAA



Open NDAA troops with plane The Senate Armed Services Committee voted to keep this year’s National Defense Authorization Act markup behind closed doors.

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Topics: Open Government

April 22, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Time For Action - Tell Senators to Open the Pentagon's Budget



Photo of Open NDAA Mini Infographic Thumbnail The Senate Armed Services Committee will discuss whether their upcoming markups on the massive Pentagon budget should be done in public – something that the House does in the open but their Senate counterparts have historically refused to do.

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Topics: Open Government, National Security

March 30, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Other Areas that Could Use a Little Sun



Capitol Building Although Sunshine Week 2015 is over, there are still so many areas of government that would benefit from increased transparency and openness.

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Topics: Open Government

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Podcast; Social Media, Internet Provides Opportunities, Challenges for Lawmakers

The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.