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January 13, 2015

By Andre Francisco

Who Controls the Security Clearances Controls the Oversight



Danielle Brian Talking Security Clearances POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian and Mike German from the Brennan Center for Justice discuss who controls security clearances for staffers and how this can negatively impact Congressional oversight.

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 6, 2015

By Michael Smallberg

Ashton Carter Takes Revolving Door to Higher Level



Ashton Carter Many Washington officials have traveled through the revolving door, moving from the private sector to the government and back again. Ashton Carter, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, is part of an elite crowd that has managed to keep a foo

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Topics: National Security

January 6, 2015

By Lydia Dennett

Nuclear Contractor’s Award Fee Slashed by 90 Percent



Los Alamos Lab The contractor managing the Los Alamos National Lab lost 90 percent of their award fee for poor performance in 2014, but more must be done to keep nuclear contractors accountable.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

January 6, 2015

By Danielle Brian

A New Year's Resolution



Open Government We’re kicking off the New Year by calling out some of the so-called pundits who have argued that too much transparency is at the root of Washington gridlock. That’s just flat wrong.

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Topics: Open Government

December 18, 2014

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

The Time is Ripe for New Rules on Congressional Oversight



National Security Congressional oversight of national security issues has not inspired much confidence recently; however, the new House has a chance to adopt new procedural rules and improve its ability to carry out meaningful oversight.

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Topics: National Security

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