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May 14, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Congress Still Playing Keep-Away with CRS Reports



CRS Logo The House Appropriations Committee has decided to maintain a ban on the Congressional Research Service’s ability to publish its reports, holding tight to symbolic congressional control of this information.

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Topics: Open Government

May 12, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Social Media Campaign Prompts Senate Action



Screenshot of #FOIA on Twitter Newly released FOIA documents show that a social media campaign about FOIA legislation caught the attention of Capitol Hill staffers and helped move the bill through the Senate last Congress.

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Topics: Open Government

May 12, 2015

By Jacob Marx

Special Shipbuilding Fund is Reckless and Unaffordable



Graph of CBO Estimate of Annual Shipbuilding Costs Under the Navy's 2015 Plan Allowing the Navy to spend outside its budget will erode accountability across the Pentagon.

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Topics: National Security

May 8, 2015

By Danielle Brian

MOX is a Golden Hammer of Waste



Photo of the Mox plant with the words Taxpayer Boondoggle over top Washington Times piles on and selects MOX for a Golden Hammer award for waste, fraud, and abuse in federal government spending.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

May 8, 2015

By Franklin C. Spinney

Why the Toleration of Brilliant Eccentricity Should Be a Metric for Military Vitality



Pentagon Reformers Everest Riccioni - center It is cliché that the military is a place for unimaginative people who like to follow orders, as well as morally challenged ambitious careerists who view “service” in the military as a ladder to status, fame, and wealth.

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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.