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July 4, 2017

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

FOIA Turns 51: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?



U.S. flag and fireworks On the 51st birthday of the Freedom of Information Act, POGO explains what FOIA is and why it continues to matter.

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Topics: Open Government

June 29, 2017

By Albert Chen

Appropriations Bill May Finally Make Congressional Research Reports Public



A woman reads through card catalogs in the Library of Congress Congress is poised to require certain Congressional Research Service reports be made public for the first time ever, a mandate POGO has long advocated for.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

June 27, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Lawmakers Suspect Illegality in Privatized Tax Collection Program



IRS Sign and Flag An IRS program employing private companies to recover overdue taxes is just a few weeks old, but it already has a group of Senators worried the collection companies may be abusing debtors and breaking the law.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

June 27, 2017

By Laura Peterson

Border Wall is Billion-Dollar Black Box So Far



U.S. Border Wall Trump’s border wall is crawling toward creation despite lack of transparency, funding, and planning.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

June 21, 2017

By Christine Ostrosky

Proposed DHS Budget Priorities Leave Accountability Behind



Fence in front of the White House The proposed DHS budget emphasizes southern border control at the cost of security for the rest of the nation.

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Topics: National Security

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