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June 1, 2015

By Joe Newman

OpenTheGovernment.org and POGO Oppose Efforts to Further Weaken USA Freedom Act



Surveillance cameras in front of the U.S. Capitol. The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) and OpenTheGovernment.org support Congress’s refusal to re-authorize an illegal surveillance program without major reforms.

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Topics: Open Government

May 29, 2015

By Joe Newman

POGO Senior Investigator Peter Stockton Retires



Senior Investigator Peter Stockton Peter Stockton, a senior investigator at the Project On Government Oversight whose investigations into safety and security shortcomings and mismanagement at the nation’s nuclear laboratories and facilities helped spur many important reforms, has retired.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

May 27, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

SASC Finally Reports Breakdown of Vote to Close NDAA



Sen. John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee With little fanfare, the Senate Armed Services Committee finally released its NDAA report—and with it, the rulebreaking roll call vote from April 23, 2015. A month after the vote was held.

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Topics: National Security

May 27, 2015

By Lydia Dennett

Energy Dept. Labs Seek Exemption from IT Oversight



Photo of the Super Computer at Lawrence Livermore National Lab POGO has learned that the Department of Energy National Laboratories are seeking an exemption from a new law that would increase transparency and accountability of spending on IT.

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Topics: Open Government, Contract Oversight

May 22, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Afghanistan Watchdog Hunts $36 Million White Elephant



Photograph of the Afghanistan White Elephant Building The Afghanistan reconstruction watchdog released its findings regarding an unused command facility at Camp Leatherneck that cost taxpayers $36 million.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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