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April 29, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

DATA Act Will Bring Greater Transparency to Federal Spending



Open Government Landmark legislation that would create much more transparency in how federal agencies are spending taxpayer dollars passed the House Monday and is headed to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

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Topics: Open Government

April 29, 2014

By Neil Gordon

“Flagrant 5” Firm Among Top USAID Afghan Relief Recipients



USAID Chart A top recipient of USAID Afghanistan reconstruction funding is the Louis Berger Group, one of the infamous "Flagrant Five" Wartime Contracting Commissioner Charles Tiefer called out for poor performance and questionable ethics.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

April 28, 2014

By Joshua Christensen

Court Orders Release of DOJ Drone-Strike Justifications



Drone Strike Case The Court of Appeals ordered the release of a memo justifying the drone strike that killed Anwar Al-Awlaki.

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 25, 2014

By Michael Smallberg

How the Clinton Team Thwarted Effort to Regulate Derivatives



treasury memo thumbnail In April 1998, a decade before a historic crisis wreaked havoc on global financial markets, an obscure regulator saw a potential gap in the government’s oversight of Wall Street and tried to do something about it.

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Topics: Financial Sector

April 25, 2014

By Winslow Wheeler

An Inadequate Defense Budget? Compared to Whom? Compared to When?



2015 US Budget Many Republicans and numerous Democrats, especially on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, have been characterizing the US defense budget as inadequate. Absent from all their talking points are three salient facts:

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Topics: Open Government

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