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February 3, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Could Post Offices Become Public Banks?



US Post Office Last week, the office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Postal Service released a report with an out-of-the-box suggestion that would produce $8.9 billion in new annual profits: Turning the Post Office into a bank, with savings accounts, loans and debit

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 31, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Anti-Transparency Provisions Removed From Farm Bill



Chicken Farm In a victory for communities across the country, the current version of the farm bill, which the House of Representatives passed Wednesday, lacks earlier provisions that would have kept the public in the dark about certain farming operations.

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Topics: Open Government

January 30, 2014

By Christine Anderson

Aid Flows Despite Corruption Concerns in Afghanistan



Afghanistan A recent SIGAR report finds that Afghan ministries entrusted with direct assistance from USAID are at high risk of corruption, a fact that USAID doesn't want the American public to know.

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 28, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Six House Members Seek to Oust Intelligence Director



James Clapper Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be removed because of untruthful statements he made before Congress concerning the intelligence community’s use of bulk data collection programs, six members of Congress said this week in a letter sent

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Topics: National Security

January 28, 2014

By Neil Gordon

KBR Accused of Kickbacks, Gouging, Unsafe Practices in Iraq



Contract Oversight The Justice Department filed another False Claims Act lawsuit against contractor KBR. This time, KBR is alleged to have engaged in a massive corruption scheme in Iraq that included shipping food in trucks that had previously contained human remains.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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