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September 14, 2015

By Spencer Brignac

FOIA Fee Waivers Protected



Federal Trade Commission Building A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously protected the Freedom of Information Act’s (FOIA) public interest fee waiver and news media fee classification.

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Topics: Open Government, Contract Oversight

September 8, 2015

By Meg Lentz

EPA Coming Clean, but Gold King a Gold Mine for Contractors



Gold King Mine Leak Colorado Newly released records show the EPA reacting to an undefined emergency in the same region as the Gold King Mine leak — a day before the spill occurred.

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Topics: Open Government, Contract Oversight

August 20, 2015

By Katie Cooney

Database Provides Transparency on Foreign Aid



U.S. Foreign Aid Afghan Army Reconstruction The Center for International Policy launched the Security Monitor Assistance Program, providing transparency on U.S. foreign and security aid.

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Topics: Open Government, National Security

August 6, 2015

By Adam Zagorin

Clinton Emails: Inside Response to POGO’s Kabul Embassy Exposé



Hillary Clinton Secretary Clinton's newly released emails from 2009 show that the State Department saw itself primarily in a battle to limit public relations damage that could arise from the Kabul Embassy scandal.

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Topics: Open Government, Contract Oversight

July 21, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POGO Twitter Chat Highlights



U.S. Capitol We've collected some of the best tweets from POGO's Twitter chat on government accountability and transparency.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

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