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February 26, 2018

By Peter Tyler

I See Dead People . . . Cashing Federal Checks; Legislation Targets Payments Made in Error



A Social Security card sitting on a pile of money. Would you believe that some federal agencies are still mistakenly paying people long after they are dead? Fortunately, new bipartisan legislation in the Senate takes steps to tackle this problem.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 26, 2018

By Laura Peterson

How an Influential Committee can Make Energy Royalties Great Again



Pump jack An influential committee meeting this week has the power to fix that system by implementing important reforms to the way the public is compensated for resources extracted from public land.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

February 25, 2018

By Andrew Bergman

EPA Drags Its Feet with Records Requests Aimed at Scott Pruitt’s Office



Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt in front of stacks of documents. The Environmental Protection Agency is especially slow at processing Freedom of Information Act requests for records in the Administrator’s office compared to the rest of the agency.

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Topics: Open Government

February 23, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Unworthy Tribute: FEMA Contract Raises Disaster Preparedness Concerns



Puerto Ricans recieving food, water, and medical supplies after Huricane Maria. The failure of a small, inexperienced company to deliver meals to Puerto Rico disaster survivors highlights the need for improved federal contracting.

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Topics: Government Accountability

February 20, 2018

By Laura Peterson

Enforcement of Environmental Laws Drops Under Trump Administration



Cleanup of bedrock in a river polluted by General Electric Budget, staffing, and leadership decisions have resulted in fewer investigations and prosecutions of polluters.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

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