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April 24, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Petraeus Sentence Adds Insult to Injury for Whistleblowers



Photo of General David Petraeus The final turn in Petraeus’s case—his sentence—would be laughable if it wasn’t so insulting to the national security whistleblowers who face decades in prison for leaking classified information in order to stop our government from acting illegally or uncon

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections, National Security

April 24, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Suspension and Debarment by the Numbers



Graph of Federal Suspension & Debarment Actions FY2010-FY2014 A new report shows that the federal government is increasingly relying on suspension and debarment to prevent risky companies and individuals from receiving contracts, grants, and other taxpayer funds.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 23, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

SASC Votes Early and in the Dark on Opening NDAA



Open NDAA troops with plane The Senate Armed Services Committee voted to keep this year’s National Defense Authorization Act markup behind closed doors.

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Topics: Open Government

April 22, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Time For Action - Tell Senators to Open the Pentagon's Budget



Photo of Open NDAA Mini Infographic Thumbnail The Senate Armed Services Committee will discuss whether their upcoming markups on the massive Pentagon budget should be done in public – something that the House does in the open but their Senate counterparts have historically refused to do.

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Topics: Open Government, National Security

April 17, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Attempting to Put the Revolving Door Out of Service



Revolving Door Freshman Representative introduces toughest anti-revolving door legislation yet, targeting his colleagues that go from elected office to lobbying.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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