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May 15, 2013

By Christine Anderson

Ten Questions That USASpending.Gov Can’t Answer



Question Mark USASpending.gov is supposed to be a hub for citizens to find information about government spending, but it comes up short when trying to answer some key questions.

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Topics: Open Government

May 15, 2013

By Christine Anderson

USASpending.gov: NOT Your One-Stop Shop for Following Taxpayer Dollars



Open Government USASpending.gov is a federal spending information website that is riddled with errors and gaps in information, making it impossible to follow taxpayer dollars.

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Topics: Open Government

May 10, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Security Laws Must Include Transparency and Accountability



Open Government Any laws to expand the powers of the FBI in the wake of the Boston bombings should explicitly include transparency and accountability provisions, according to a new op-ed in The Atlantic by Bruce Schneier.

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Topics: Open Government

May 3, 2013

By Angela Canterbury

Illegal Foreclosures Are Corporate Trade Secrets?



Photograph of a Foreclosure Sign in front of a house Federal agencies are withholding information about the illegal foreclosure practices of mortgage companies from Members of Congress, relying on justifications that closely track those used to withhold documents from the general public under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Topics: Open Government

April 26, 2013

By Meryl Grenadier

Still Fighting to Expose Secret Law



Scales of Justice POGO joined an amicus brief written by the Electronic Privacy Information Center supporting The New York Times in its effort to obtain a memorandum written by the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel regarding the legality of the targeted killin

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