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March 23, 2017

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Vacancies Leave Whistleblowers Vulnerable



President Trump speaks with German Chancellor Merkel from the Oval Office. He is on the phone with a staffer seated before him and several other empty seats. To bolster federal oversight and ensure the protection of whistleblowers, President Donald Trump needs to fill positions in Offices of Inspectors General, the Office of Special Counsel, and the Merit Systems Protection Board.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

March 13, 2017

By Lydia Dennett

Justice Dept. Improves Access to Foreign Lobbying Documents



A shot of various foreign banknotes and coins The Department of Justice has made a key set of foreign lobbying documents available online for the first time. American lobbyists working on behalf of foreign governments or political parties are required to file these documents, known as informational ma

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

March 13, 2017

By Nick Schwellenbach

Trump’s Trademarks Pose Ethics Challenge for the Executive Branch



Trump President Trump has trademark litigation before an executive branch panel—these judges ultimately work for Trump. Can they neutrally preside over a case involving him?

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 10, 2017

By Ari Goldberg

POGO Powers Up for Sunshine Week



Sunshine streaming down on the U.S. Capitol building POGO goes big on Sunshine Week with a series of events drawing attention to the importance of making government information accessible to the public.

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Topics: Open Government

March 9, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Congress Passes Rollback of Contractor Accountability Measure



Close-up of businessman in suit holding helmet and building project Congress passed a resolution blocking new contractor fair pay and workplace safety measures. This is disappointing in light of reports by Senator Warren and others, which have highlighted labor violations by federal contractors.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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