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October 1, 2013

By Angela Canterbury

Make a Difference: Open Doors on Intelligence Reform



National Security Agency Building The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is changing the laws on surveillance—but we don't know how. The text of the proposed legislation and the Committee meeting being held to discuss it are both closed to the public.

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Topics: Open Government

September 26, 2013

By Christine Anderson

In Midst of Government Secrecy, a National Plan for Openness



Open Government As the Administration drafts its second National Action Plan for open government, civil society weighs in.

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Topics: Open Government

September 23, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

New Declassification Board Member Has Long Classification Past



Kenneth L. Wainstein Last week, Kenneth L. Wainstein was quietly named to the Public Interest Declassification Board. Wainstein is not the first person you might think of with an interest in promoting government transparency. In fact, his work experience suggests a serious con

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Topics: Open Government

September 13, 2013

By Angela Canterbury

DATA Act Gets a Boost at Transparency Conference



Open Government At the Data Transparency Conference this week, there was a lot of bipartisan support for proposed legislation to fix the many problems the public encounters with tracking federal spending: the Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act.

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Topics: Open Government

August 19, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Government Confirms Area 51, But Answers Still Secret



Area 51 Despite years of denying the existence of Area 51, the CIA, in response to a Freedom of information Request from the National Security Archive has finally confirmed that the Nevada base exists and that it is, indeed, named Area 51.

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Topics: Open Government

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