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March 1, 2018

By Jake Laperruque

Election Security Needs to Begin Long Before Ballots Are Cast



Two hands placing ballots covered with the Russian flag into a ballot box. Protecting our registration rolls from malicious hacking is critical to preserving the integrity of our election system, and needs to be a significant part of heightened efforts to increase election security.

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Topics: National Security

February 27, 2018

By Nick Schwellenbach

Meet the Oil-Friendly Federal Panel that Could Give Drillers a Sweetheart Deal



RPC The oil, gas and mining industry has six voting seats out of 20 on the panel, known as the Royalty Policy Committee, and they predictably advocate for paying the public less. But industry’s voice on the committee is supposed to be balanced with perspective

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

February 28, 2018

By Sean Moulton

Census Needs Strong Objective Leadership—Now



An empty chair in front of business people. A controversial pick for a top Census Bureau job has withdrawn. Strong nonpartisan leadership is needed at the Bureau to ensure the 2020 census goes well.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 27, 2018

By Rebecca Jones

Government Prison Contracts Gamble with Taxpayer Dollars



The US flag behind a tangle of barbed wire. The Justice Department is implementing President Trump’s promise to bring back private prison contracts, ignoring its own Inspector General’s recommendations.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, Contract Oversight

February 26, 2018

By Peter Tyler

I See Dead People . . . Cashing Federal Checks; Legislation Targets Payments Made in Error



A Social Security card sitting on a pile of money. Would you believe that some federal agencies are still mistakenly paying people long after they are dead? Fortunately, new bipartisan legislation in the Senate takes steps to tackle this problem.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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