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January 6, 2015

By Lydia Dennett

Nuclear Contractor’s Award Fee Slashed by 90 Percent



Los Alamos Lab The contractor managing the Los Alamos National Lab lost 90 percent of their award fee for poor performance in 2014, but more must be done to keep nuclear contractors accountable.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

January 6, 2015

By Danielle Brian

A New Year's Resolution



Open Government We’re kicking off the New Year by calling out some of the so-called pundits who have argued that too much transparency is at the root of Washington gridlock. That’s just flat wrong.

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Topics: Open Government

December 18, 2014

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

The Time is Ripe for New Rules on Congressional Oversight



National Security Congressional oversight of national security issues has not inspired much confidence recently; however, the new House has a chance to adopt new procedural rules and improve its ability to carry out meaningful oversight.

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Topics: National Security

December 18, 2014

By Andre Francisco

Infographic: Meet the Foreign Influence Database



Meet the Foreign Influence Database Learn more about what's inside POGO's new Foreign Influence Database with this helpful infographic.

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Topics: National Security

December 17, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Year-End Spending Bill Loaded with Pork and Boondoggles



Government Accountability In its rush to recess for the year, Congress enacted a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill, called the "cromnibus," which funded gobs of pork at the Pentagon and Department of Energy.

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Topics: National Security

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