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January 30, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Trump Fails to Expand Definition of Lobbyist in Ethics Order



POTUS Signing Executive Order at White House in January President Trump’s ethics executive order fails to drain the swamp and end a federal government controlled by influence peddlers. Although some of the restrictions are good, the order fails to redefine lobbying and therefore offers little hope that much wil

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 26, 2017

By Nicholas Pacifico

Government Financials a Mess, Improper Payments Rise Again



One hundred dollar bill note shredded and laid out The Government Accountability Office released its financial audit of the federal government for fiscal year 2016, again unable to provide an opinion due to long-standing deficiencies and citing concerns regarding improper payments.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

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

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