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December 11, 2014

By Adam Zagorin

Justice Dept. Downplays Evidence of Politics in Probe of Governor



Scales of Justice A federal prosecutor brought politics into an investigation of former Alabama Gov. Donald E. Siegelman before the Democrat was charged with public corruption, convicted, and, in 2007, sent to prison, according to a story published today by the Project On G

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Topics: Government Accountability

December 9, 2014

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

POGO Asks Pentagon for Better Tracking of Service Contracts



National Security DoD is shirking its legal responsibilities to monitor and improve the size, spending, and functions of the service contracting workforce. The result is wasted money that could be spent on equipment, training, and support that DoD and soldiers need.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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

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