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January 15, 2016

By Mia Steinle

Victory for Taxpayers on Coal



Coal Extraction Mining Public Lands EITI POGO has long been urging the Interior Department to update its outdated coal rules for mining on federal land. Today, the Department announced it would be halting coal leases while it undertakes a review of the federal coal program.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

January 14, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Millions of Dollars Wasted in Afghan Extractives Program



Afghanistan Mining Dig Extractive The Pentagon Task Force that spent $43 million on a gas station and $150 million on luxury villas might have wasted up to $54 million on efforts to revive Afghanistan's oil, gas, and minerals industries.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 14, 2016

By Dan Grazier

Pentagon’s “Force of the Future” Report a Near Miss



Defense Secretary Ashton Carter A leaked document obtained by the Project On Government Oversight reveals just how much was left out of Secretary Carter's recent reforms to the military's personnel system. POGO breaks down the changes so far.

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Topics: National Security

January 12, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

House Starts 2016 with FOIA Reform; Eyes on the Senate Now



POGO's 2010 FOIA request The House of Representatives passed the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act, the bipartisan answer to problems that have plagued those who use the Freedom of Information Act for years. It is now up to the Senate to pass this important legislation and get

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 12, 2016

By Jacob Marx

Once Upon a Time in Los Alamos



Los Alamos National Lab New Mexico In a new book, Los Alamos: A Whistleblower’s Diary: Secret Colony, Hidden Truths, Chuck Montano, a former auditor at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL), raises a number of questions about an alleged suicide near the premises.

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Topics: Open Government, Energy and Natural Resources

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The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.