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December 1, 2016

By Ari Goldberg

FDA and Patient Groups Are Addicted to Drug Industry



FDA Drug Money A new investigation by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) reveals the extent to which the FDA is dependent upon the pharmaceutical industry for its funding. And many of the so-called patient and consumer advocacy groups that are supposed to be a bu

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Topics: Public Health and Science

November 30, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

NDAA Conferees Drop Harmful Secrecy Language from Final Bill



Aerial of Pentagon building with orange and yellow backlights The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 no longer contains a provision that would strip the public of its ability to obtain information regarding Pentagon operations under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Topics: Open Government

November 17, 2016

By Nicholas Pacifico

House Oversight Committee Takes Aim at Improper Payments



Black and white photo of a very messy desk. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report detailing ineffectiveness of current improper payment system.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

November 17, 2016

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

New Rule: Even the Appearance of a Conflict of Interest Should Be Avoided for Government Employees



US Office of Government Ethics website on a monitor, overlaid with a view of the US Capitol The Office of Government Ethics finalized a rule governing the solicitation and acceptance of gifts to government employees from outside sources. The new rule is intended to “advance public confidence in the integrity of Federal officials” by advising gove

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Topics: Government Accountability

November 16, 2016

By Neil Gordon

GAO Finds Shrinking Oversight of Capitol Complex Caretaker



The Architect of the Capitol is in the final painting phase of the Dome Restoration Project Oversight activity at the Architect of the Capitol Office of Inspector General has plummeted in recent years, putting the billions of taxpayer dollars spent to maintain Capitol Hill buildings and grounds at increased risk of waste and fraud.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

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