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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

July 12, 2013

By Aimee Thomson

Secret Court Resists Releasing Surveillance Opinions



Scales of Justice Transparency advocates have long called for the declassification of secret court opinions that have allowed broad domestic surveillance. A recent letter from the court responsible for approving surveillance requests casts doubt on the release of these opin

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Open Government

July 10, 2013

By Jana Persky

FBI Nominee Supports Whistleblowers and Transparency



James Comey In his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday, President Barack Obama’s nomination for director of the FBI, James Comey, spoke in favor of protecting whistleblowers and increasing transparency in government.

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Topics: Open Government

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