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March 19, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Afghanistan Watchdog Sinks Teeth Into Scrapped Incinerators



Incinerators The Afghanistan reconstruction watchdog has launched a formal inquiry into an ill-fated U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contract to build waste incinerators at Forward Operating Base Sharana.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 19, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

U.S. Joins International Effort to Bring Transparency to Drilling, Mining Industries



EITI An international organization working to bring greater transparency and accountability to industries that extract natural resources accepted the U.S. as a candidate for membership at a meeting of its board today in Oslo, Norway.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

March 17, 2014

By Neil Gordon

Entrusting Afghanistan Aid Oversight to Contractors



Contract Oversight The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is about to put contractors in charge of overseeing the billions of dollars invested in Afghanistan reconstruction. Is this a good idea?

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Topics: Contract Oversight

March 14, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Obama Promises to Declassify CIA Torture Report



President Obama President Obama has pledged to declassify the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s (SSCI) headline-making report about the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) interrogation techniques.

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Topics: Open Government

March 14, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Looking Forward to When FOIA is No Longer Needed



FOIA Day Panel Open government activists, journalists and interested citizens gathered today at Washington, D.C.’s Newseum to celebrate the 16th annual National Freedom of Information Day, part of this year’s Sunshine Week.

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Topics: Open Government

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