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October 13, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

POGO Comments on VA Rule Helping Some Camp Lejeune Vets



Toxic Sign POGO welcomes a new VA rule and the benefits it will bring to veterans affected by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. However, we are concerned about several factors that may unnecessarily limit the rule’s impact.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Public Health and Science

October 12, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Transparency Efforts Expand in Public Natural Resource Management



The US Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative webpage The United States joined the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in 2011, but it needs to continue prioritizing transparency, especially regarding natural gas. POGO recently published the top five public natural resource reforms accomplished in t

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

October 7, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Taxpayers Closer to Getting Fair Return on Public Natural Resources



Photo of Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell The troubled Royalty-In-Kind program, which benefitted corporations that were extracting resources from public lands, was successfully terminated. But the job’s not done: the Bureau of Land Management needs to prioritize getting taxpayers a fair return on the use of renewable energies on federal lands. POGO recently published the top five public natural resource reforms accomplished in the past eight years and the top five recommendations for the current and future administration.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

October 5, 2016

By Ari Goldberg

Reining in Mineral Mismanagement on Public Lands



Coal Extraction Mining Public Lands EITI After the troubled Minerals Management Service was successfully dissolved in 2011, the fight to ensure taxpayers receive their fair share continues as good government groups like POGO argue that minerals on public lands should not be given away for free. P

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

October 5, 2016

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

GSA Learns Lessons from Lost Recovery Board Data



GSA Building 120 The General Services Administration announced a new contract with Dun & Bradstreet to provide the government with data on contractors, grantees, and other recipients of federal funds. This deal ensures that any future changes in the way those receiving

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

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