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March 30, 2017

By Lydia Dennett

Now Is the Time for Foreign Lobbying Reform



Picture of Foregin Money Recent revelations about Trump officials’ past work for foreign interests put the spotlight on the deficiencies of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 29, 2017

By Justin Rood

Chairman Nunes Violated Basic Principles of Oversight, House Leadership Must Act



Rep. Devin Nunes in Latvia in 2014 The Project On Government Oversight calls on House Speaker Paul Ryan to demonstrate the leadership’s commitment to preserving the separation of powers that provide the checks and balances required by the Constitution. The basic principles of Congressional oversight are being forgotten as Congress is struggling to obtain answers about Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and the possibility of coordination or collusion with the Trump campaign.

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Topics: Government Accountability

March 28, 2017

By Ari Goldberg

POGO's 2017 Baker’s Dozen Wishlist for Congress



Aerial U.S. Capitol Building The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has unveiled its biennial list of 13 policy areas ripe for Congressional action. It includes recommendations for legislative fixes to make the federal government more transparent, accountable, and ethical.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Whistleblower Protections, Energy and Natural Resources, National Security, Public Health and Science, Contract Oversight

March 24, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Contracts Need to Be Posted Online



Senator Claire McCaskill speaking in the Financial and Contracting Oversight Subcommittee The “Contractor Accountability and Transparency Act of 2017” (S. 651) introduced by Senator Claire McCaskill will enhance transparency in the area of federal contract spending. The bill will expand the information available on USASpending.gov, make the con

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

March 23, 2017

By Ari Goldberg

POGO: GSA Ruling on Trump Hotel Lease Should Be Challenged



Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC POGO General Counsel Scott Amey challenges the General Services Administration’s conclusion that the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC does not violate the terms of the lease forbidding a benefit to elected officials.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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