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March 23, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Some Issues POGO Highlighted with OSC Fixed in House Bill



Office of Special Counsel Issues POGO raised in a 2008 report about the Office of Special Counsel were addressed in a recent House Bill.

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Topics: Open Government, Whistleblower Protections

March 21, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Is the Government Too Transparent?



Photograph of the debate between Bruce Cain and Chuck Lewis on Is Our Government Too Open? To celebrate Sunshine Week, two noted scholars debated the question “Is Our Government Too Open?”

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Topics: Open Government

March 18, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

DHS Took 9 Years to Reject FOIA Request for Katrina Records



New Orleans After a delay of over nine years, POGO finally received a response to a 2006 FOIA request regarding a potential conflict of interest when four massive sole-sourced contracts were awarded without any objective evaluation criteria.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

March 15, 2016

By David S. Hilzenrath

Drug Problems: Did Bad Blood Tests Turn a Clinical Trial into a Mistrial?



Photograph of Prescription Drugs on Twenty Dollar Bills Recent studies by the European Medicines Agency and a team based at Duke University dismissed concerns that malfunctioning testing devices compromised a clinical trial of the blood thinner Xarelto, but each of those studies leaves questions.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

March 15, 2016

By Justin Rood

Group of Bipartisan Experts Reveal Dirty Legislative Secret



U.S. Capitol A bipartisan group of experts are pointing out a dirty secret of the legislative branch: its penchant for funding new agencies and programs far outpaces its investment in staff to oversee all of it.

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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.