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August 20, 2015

By Katie Cooney

Database Provides Transparency on Foreign Aid



U.S. Foreign Aid Afghan Army Reconstruction The Center for International Policy launched the Security Monitor Assistance Program, providing transparency on U.S. foreign and security aid.

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Topics: Open Government, National Security

August 19, 2015

By Meg Lentz

Animas River Release: 143 Years in the Making



Colorado Animas River Toxic Mine Spill The Animas River release in Colorado highlights the damage caused by archaic hard rock mining laws that allow corporations to mine freely without any responsibility for clean-up.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

August 19, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Former CRS Researcher Calls for Public Access



Library of Congress Card Catalogs Concerns about making Congressional Research Service reports public are unfounded according to former CRS employee.

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Topics: Government Accountability

August 18, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Bipartisan Boot Camp Helps Congressional Staff Sharpen Oversight Skills



Congressional Oversight Boot Camp Attendee Writing Current Hill staffers honed investigative skills by working in bipartisan groups at the Congressional Oversight Boot Camp, as reported by National Journal.

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Topics: Government Accountability

August 17, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Groups Hold Boot Camp to Improve Congressional Oversight



Congressional Oversight Boot Camp POGO, the Levin Center, and The Lugar Center conducted the first Congressional Oversight Boot Camp to teach Hill staffers techniques and best practices for conducting effective bipartisan oversight.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.