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October 30, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Congressional Transparency Caucus Drives CRS Reports Talks



CTC CRS Reports Panel Recently, a bipartisan panel from the Congressional Transparency Caucus discussed the importance of making taxpayer-funded reports by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) accessible to the public.

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Topics: Open Government

October 29, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Time to Retire the “Hastert Rule” and Return to Order



2012 Photograph of Congressman Ryan after being introduced as New Speaker of the House Paul Ryan should retire the "Hastert Rule" and lead the House of Representatives back to a place where genuine debate guides the legislating process.

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Topics: Government Accountability

October 29, 2015

By Spencer Brignac

POGO Urges SEC to Finally Act on Extractive Transparency



SEC Seal POGO and other civil society organizations wrote to the Securities and Exchange Commission in support of a rule requiring companies extracting natural resources from public lands to provide more data on specific projects.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

October 26, 2015

By Dan Grazier

President Obama Vetoes the NDAA over Slush Fund



Graphic with the word vetoed on it. President Obama made good on his promise to veto the National Defense Authorization Act, largely because of the use of the Overseas Contingency Operations account as a Pentagon slush fund.

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Topics: National Security

October 23, 2015

By Dan Grazier

Lt. Gen. Bogdan Hedges on Operational Testing



Rep McSally Lt. Gen Bogdan F-35 Hearing Air Force officials are reluctant to subject the F-35 to realistic close air support testing because they admit it will not perform as well as existing aircraft.

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The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.