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July 7, 2015

By Daniel Shlien

Bureau of Land Management Updating Drilling Royalty Rules



Oil drilling in San Ardo oil field, California For decades, the Bureau of Land Management in the Department of the Interior has regulated the use of public lands for oil and gas drilling by private companies.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

July 7, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Federal Small Business Contracting: Fact or Fiction?



Shopping carts The Small Business Administration touted the federal government's small business contracting success last year, claiming $91.7 billion, or 25 percent of all contract dollars, was awarded to small businesses. Are the numbers too good to be true?

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 7, 2015

By Spencer Brignac

In Snowden’s Wake: New Book Examines Needed Intelligence Reforms



Crowd carrying Edward Snowden masks Regardless of how you view Edward Snowden, Ronald Goldfarb’s new book shows that Snowden’s revelations have forever altered America’s political landscape.

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Topics: Open Government, Whistleblower Protections

July 2, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

The VA’s Office of Inspector General Has No Clothes



Danielle Brian testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee The Veterans Affairs Inspector General tries to defend its poor performance when it should be trying to find solutions to its problems.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 1, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Application of FOIA in Army Case Leaves Much to be Desired



Man in a military uniform removing folders from a filing cabinet U.S. Central Command is misusing the Freedom of Information Act to hide a report on war crimes in Afghanistan.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

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