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May 24, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Rare Instance of Transparency in DOJ Attorney Misconduct



Photo of a gavel Last week, an order and opinion by United States District Judge Andrew S. Hanen provided some rare transparency into a case of DOJ attorney misconduct.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

May 20, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Another Year, Another Unhelpful FOIA Report



FOIA The methodology in an annual agency FOIA survey leaves much to be desired. The Office of Information Policy should take a closer look at how agencies are implementing FOIA.

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Topics: Open Government

May 19, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

After 45 Years, Deadly Silica Rule Finalized



Photo of a construction worker cutting cement resulting in a cloud of silica dust. Last month, OSHA overcame more than four decades of industry influence, bureaucratic hurdles, and political delays to finalize a rule reducing the amount of potentially lethal silica dust workers can be exposed to.

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Topics: Public Health and Science

May 18, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Contractor Gets Slap on the Wrist for Nuke Bomb Mix-up



B61 Bomb Rack The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) slammed the contractor managing two nuclear facilities, the Pantex Site and the Y-12 National Security Complex, in its annual review citing, among other things, a mistake with production of the B61-12 nuc

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Topics: National Security

May 17, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Senate Raises Concerns Over Energy Watchdog Nominee’s Independence



Screen capture from IG nomination of Senator Ron Wyden Last week, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing to review Susan Beard, the current nominee for the Department of Energy Inspector General position. Several Senators, including Chairwoman Murkowski and Senator Wyden, questione

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Topics: Government Accountability, Energy and Natural Resources

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