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January 25, 2018

By Jake Laperruque

After 'Foreign Surveillance' Law, Congress Must Demand Answers from Intelligence Community



Capitol Surveillance Senators voting on a new NSA director should set a strong but simple condition for their approval: In order to be confirmed, the next NSA director must publicly commit to Congress that that the NSA will provide an estimate of the number of Americans affect

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 23, 2018

By Amelia Strauss

IT Contracts Worth Billions Lack Proper Oversight, GAO Reports



IT Federal agency IT contracts with a combined value in the billions of dollars are not being properly reviewed and approved by chief information officers as is required by law.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

January 22, 2018

By Nick Schwellenbach

DHS Showdown with Watchdog Over Travel Ban Report Partially Resolved



DHS OIG Redacted Report OTG POGO The Department of Homeland Security and its Office of Inspector General moved beyond an impasse over the public issuance of a report on the Department’s bungled rollout of President Trump’s travel ban. But parts of the report are still veiled in secrecy.

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 19, 2018

By Peter Tyler

Record-Breaking National Disaster Recovery Budget Should Include Ample Oversight



Puerto Rico flooded Recovery from the 2017 hurricanes will mean tens of billions of dollars in federal disaster spending. Oversight of such large amounts will be vital, and providing adequate funds for that oversight will ensure that the recovery money is effectively spent, a

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 17, 2018

By Jake Laperruque

Facts on FISA: Correcting the Record on the Section 702 House Floor Debate



Capitol surveillance As we move forward with this new iteration of Section 702, it’s critical to look back at the debate and correct the record on inaccurate statements about this law and the proposals to reauthorize it. The following is a compilation of all factual errors tha

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Topics: Open Government, National Security

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