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December 4, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Podcast: Exploring Transparency for Oil and Gas Extraction



Danielle Brian at an EITI Meeting In this podcast, POGO’s Mia Steinle talks about POGO's involvement in EITI and the hurdles the initiative faces in its goal of increased royalty transparency for oil, gas and hard rock minerals.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

November 27, 2013

By Michael Smallberg

SEC Delays Revolving Door Restriction



Revolving Door Months ago, bowing to concern about regulators who leave government and then work their former colleagues on behalf of industry, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it was tightening restrictions on the revolving door. But a notice published in Monday’s edition of the Federal Register said that the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) was withdrawing the new rule at “the request of the SEC” so that the agency could have more time to “effectively educate affected employees before the exemption revocation takes effect.”

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Topics: Financial Sector

November 22, 2013

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Groups from Left to Right Oppose Delaying Pentagon Savings



Aerial View of Pentagon from a V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey) POGO joined a broad coalition of groups in opposing an amendment to the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act that would change the way sequestration is implemented for the Pentagon.

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Topics: National Security

November 20, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Senate Set to Vote on Contractor Compensation Caps



Compensation Cap Bill The Senate is taking up contractor compensation in the Defense Authorization bill. Different caps are on the table, but both are significantly lower than the House proposal, which might cause a battle during the conference committee meetings to finalize th

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 20, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Senate Set to Strengthen Protections for Military Whistleblowers and Victims of Sexual Assault



whistleblowers2 Four Senators have introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2014 that would strengthen protections for military whistleblowers and victims of sexual assault.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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Podcast: Exploring Transparency for Oil and Gas Extraction

Mia Steinle talks about POGO's involvement in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and the hurdles to increased transparency for oil, gas and hard rock minerals here in the U.S.