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January 17, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Court Blocks Peek Into Small Biz Contracting Program



A Heavily Redacted Document from the Department of Defense No one really knows the extent to which federal small business contracts are diverted to large companies. Unfortunately, an appeals court recently refused to shine light on a defense contracting program designed to help small businesses that may be doing m

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Topics: Open Government, Contract Oversight

January 13, 2017

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Second Ethics Office Challenged



Walter Shaub Congress clashes with the Office of Government Ethics over handling of conflicts-of-interest issues involving the incoming administration and President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees.

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 12, 2017

By Sean Moulton

Open Government Win on Toxic Pollution



Massive natural gas processing plant near Bloomfield, New Mexico The Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to expand a toxic pollution reporting program—the Toxics Release Inventory program—to include natural gas processing plants. The proposed rule is an important win for open government as it will incre

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Energy and Natural Resources

January 10, 2017

By Iulia Gheorghiu

POGO Reports Potential for Conflicts of Interest in Attorney General Nominee



Senator Sessions at the hearing for his nomination for Attorney General A new Project On Government Oversight report this week highlights the potential conflicts of interest that might arise if Senator Jeff Sessions is confirmed to be Attorney General of the United States and is called upon to investigate or prosecute any of h

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 6, 2017

By Adam Zagorin

Affidavit: Trump Justice Nominee Backed Defiance of Court Orders



Jeff Sessions photographed at podium wth crest for Department of Justice Trump Attorney General Pick Senator Jeff Sessions and Possible Supreme Court Nominee William Pryor Favored Defying Court Orders.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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