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April 22, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Time For Action - Tell Senators to Open the Pentagon's Budget



Photo of Open NDAA Mini Infographic Thumbnail The Senate Armed Services Committee will discuss whether their upcoming markups on the massive Pentagon budget should be done in public – something that the House does in the open but their Senate counterparts have historically refused to do.

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Topics: Open Government, National Security

April 17, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Attempting to Put the Revolving Door Out of Service



Revolving Door Freshman Representative introduces toughest anti-revolving door legislation yet, targeting his colleagues that go from elected office to lobbying.

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 17, 2015

By Mandy Smithberger

GAO Confirms Increased F-35 Production Is a Terrible Idea



GAO bar graph showing Budgeted Development and Procurement Costs By Service, 2015-2038 The significant problems in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program call into question whether it is ready for increased production in Fiscal Year 2016. But a new report and testimony from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) signals what might be the program's acute point of vulnerability, and perhaps the beginning of its unravelling: we just can't afford it.

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Topics: National Security

April 16, 2015

By Jacob Marx

Major Concerns Unaddressed as Lobbyists Battle for New Stealth Bomber



Photo of B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber It's still early, but the Long Range Strike Bomber shows signs of exaggerated capabilities, unrealistic costs, and political engineering.

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Topics: National Security

April 16, 2015

By Mia Steinle

Mine Games: How Federal Coal Program Loopholes Can Cheat Taxpayers



Photo at Powder River Basin Coal Mine A 25-year-old loophole can allow coal companies to cheat the federal government and taxpayers out of revenues, but a proposed rule from the Interior Department may change that.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

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