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December 5, 2014

By Danielle Brian

Tell Sen. Rockefeller To Release His Hold on FOIA Reform



Government Accountability The most critical reform of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in the past 38 years will die next week in the Senate unless we persuade Sen. Jay Rockefeller to remove his “hold” on this important legislation.

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Topics: Open Government

December 4, 2014

By Jessica Murphy

VA Whistleblowers Receive Public Servant of the Year Award



whistleblowers2 The Office of Special Counsel celebrated the role of whistleblowers across the country in honoring three physicians who blew the whistle at VA medical centers, reflecting positive changes at the OSC.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

December 4, 2014

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

FOIA Reform Looking Possible in Lame Duck Congress



With one month left in the 113th Congress, FOIA reform looks more promising than ever. POGO is hopeful that the Senate will be able to move S. 2520 fast enough to see the significant reform passed into law before the new year.

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Topics: Open Government

December 3, 2014

By Joe Newman

Former Senate Investigator to Lead POGO’s New Congressional Oversight Initiative



U.S. Capitol Justin Rood, a former Senate investigator and award-winning journalist, has joined the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) to direct its new Congressional Oversight Initiative.

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Topics: Government Accountability

December 3, 2014

By Neil Gordon

DOJ Announces Record-Setting Year for Fraud Recovery



Cash Stack Fiscal year 2014 was a record-setting year for fraud recoveries under the False Claims Act: the Department of Justice clawed back nearly $5.7 billion in taxpayer money.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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