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June 5, 2013

By Christine Anderson

Senate Should Support Cardin Amendment to Farm Bill Over Grassley-Donnelly Amendments



Farm Bill Graphic There is a clear and important divide between two amendments to the Farm Bill currently under consideration in the Senate.

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Topics: Open Government

June 4, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Sen. Shaheen Pushes White House on Declassification



Open Government Last week, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) urged President Obama to follow the recommendations of a congressionally appointed board tasked with evaluating the government’s classification system, according to an article in The Huffington Post.

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Topics: Open Government

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

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