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November 8, 2017

By Mia Steinle

Homeland Security’s Top Watchdog Pulled Documents from its Website



Screenshot of the FOIA Reading Room from the DHS OIG website The Department of Homeland Security removed from its website documents cataloging misconduct allegations against its employees but failed to inform the public why it did so.

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Topics: Open Government

November 7, 2017

By David S. Hilzenrath

Whistleblowing Could Leave Oil Rig Workers at Risk



 Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. Offshore oil and gas workers who the blow the whistle on workplace safety hazards lack federal protections, and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is considering dropping its recommendation to fill that gap.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources

November 6, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Pentagon Nixes Release of Afghan Reconstruction Data—Again



Marines show Afghan National Police officers how to disassemble their new M16A2 assault rifles to clean them at Bost Airport in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, Aug. 16, 2017. For the second time in two years, the Pentagon has classified information on the capabilities of the Afghan security forces that was previously reported to the public. Will the Pentagon stand by its shaky justification, or will it have a change of heart li

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, National Security

November 3, 2017

By Rebecca Jones

Oversight Committee Democrats File Suit to Compel Trump Hotel Details



Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC Democratic lawmakers in the House filed suit on Thursday to compel the General Services Administration to hand over details surrounding the Trump International Hotel’s ties to the President and to money stemming from foreign officials.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Contract Oversight

November 3, 2017

By Mia Steinle

Interior Department Says Laws Prevent Greater Transparency…but They’re Wrong



Man working on drilling rig. The United States is bowing out of an international transparency initiative aimed at reducing corruption in the oil, gas, and mining industries.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

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