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November 6, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Legislation Aims to Fix Bad OLC Decision that Stymies IGs



Department of Justice Sign POGO supports the bipartisan Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2015.

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Topics: Government Accountability

November 3, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

NAP Causes Irritability Among Civil Society Groups



White House National Action Plan 2015 The White House's National Action Plan is filled with many promises, but lacks details and misses opportunities.

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Topics: Open Government

November 2, 2015

By Neil Gordon

DoD Pays Premium for Gas Station in Afghanistan



The photograph shows the pumps at the CNG filling station constructed by TFBSO in Sheberghan, Afghanistan. The Pentagon won't explain why it spent nearly $43 million to build a gas station in Afghanistan that shouldn't have cost more than $500,000.

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Topics: Government Accountability

October 30, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Congressional Transparency Caucus Drives CRS Reports Talks



CTC CRS Reports Panel Recently, a bipartisan panel from the Congressional Transparency Caucus discussed the importance of making taxpayer-funded reports by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) accessible to the public.

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Topics: Open Government

October 29, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Time to Retire the “Hastert Rule” and Return to Order



2012 Photograph of Congressman Ryan after being introduced as New Speaker of the House Paul Ryan should retire the "Hastert Rule" and lead the House of Representatives back to a place where genuine debate guides the legislating process.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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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.