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November 3, 2017

By Mia Steinle

Interior Department Says Laws Prevent Greater Transparency…but They’re Wrong



Man working on drilling rig. The United States is bowing out of an international transparency initiative aimed at reducing corruption in the oil, gas, and mining industries.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

October 31, 2017

By Andrea Peterson

Indictment Shows Why We Need Public White House Visitor Logs



Fence in front of the White House in Washington, DC. The target of one of the first indictments to come out of the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election reportedly visited the White House as recently as this summer.

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Topics: Open Government

October 31, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Army Prepares to Deploy Next Worldwide Warfighter Support Contract



US Army Contracting Command convoy Next month, the U.S. Army will open bidding on the ten-year, $82 billion LOGCAP V contract. We hope the fraud, waste, and poor performance that plagued past LOGCAP contracts will not be repeated.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

October 30, 2017

By Lydia Dennett

Manafort Indictment Demonstrates How FARA Falls Short



Paul Manafort walks from Federal District Court in Washington, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. A grand jury has indicted President Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), a foreign influence law that the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has found to be regularly violated and rarely enfo

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Topics: Government Accountability

October 27, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Puerto Rico Electric Contract Concerning, But Normal



Power line distribution specialists inspect the road near damaged power lines in Río Grande, Puerto Rico, Oct. 25, 2017, during Hurricane Maria relief efforts. The no-audit clause in the Whitefish Energy contract to restore electricity in Puerto Rico is a problem, and it actually highlights a bigger problem with many federal contracts.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

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