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January 26, 2017

By Emily Manna

Government Gag Orders Put Public at Risk



George Washington Mural Censored If the White House is issuing gag orders to prevent employees at federal agencies from communicating with Congress and the public, it could be illegal and represent a serious threat to public health and safety.

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Topics: Open Government

January 24, 2017

By Lydia Dennett

Heather Wilson’s Past Raises Questions on Appointment for Air Force Secretary



Sandia National Laboratory Description: Heather Wilson's nomination to be Air Force Secretary is concerning due to her past employment with several nuclear laboratories, and the Senate should ensure that her ties to these labs and the contractors running them will not influence her decision-making.

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Topics: National Security

January 23, 2017

By Daniel Van Schooten

TSA Found to be Abusing Pseudo-Classification System (Again)



Political Cartoon in black and white, with the word Secrecy backed by clouds, spewing classified documents to the ground in a metaphor for the lack of transparency in Washington DC An Inspector General report has found that the TSA is abusing its pseudo-classification system and “cannot be trusted to administer the program.”

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

January 23, 2017

By Nicholas Pacifico

IG Independence Protected by Passage of Empowerment Act



The US Capitol lit up at night, photographed by Stephen Melisethian The Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2016, passed by the Senate in December 2016, codifies the right of Inspectors General to access all agency data they need to effectively do their job.

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 19, 2017

By Neil Gordon

New Rule Cracks Down on Corporate Muzzling of Whistleblowers



Whistleblower whistle The government has issued a rule that will prohibit agencies from awarding contracts and grants to companies that use confidentiality agreements that discourage whistleblowing.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, Contract Oversight

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