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May 19, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Senate Staff, Not Senators, Decided to Close the NDAA



Photograph of an Empty Senate Hearing Room The secretive Senate Armed Services Committee vote to hold debate on the National Defense Authorization Act in a closed session broke more rules than originally thought.

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Topics: Open Government

May 18, 2015

By Lydia Dennett

Y-12 Protestors Released from Prison



Peace Activists Last week, three nuclear protesters from Transform Now Plowshares were released from prison.

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Topics: National Security

May 15, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

GSA Promoting New Pricing Tools



calc graph POGO opposes a new plan to scrap pricing protections and rely instead on prices previously paid by the government. The plan would essentially lock the government into buying commercially available goods at government prices rather genuine market prices.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

May 14, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

Former Pentagon Acting IG Cashes In with No Accountability



Photo of Lynne Halbrooks Lynne Halbrooks, a former acting Inspector General at the Department of Defense, has managed to spin through the revolving door and secure a job with a major law firm that represents one of the top contractors overseen by her former agency.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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

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