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February 3, 2016

By Ari Goldberg

POGO Condemns Congressional Vote to Gut Anti-Corruption Law



Oil Rig in front of Sunset The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) emphatically condemns Congress’ vote to eliminate an important anti-corruption measure critical to ensuring American taxpayers can hold the government accountable for its dealings with the oil, gas, and mining ind

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

February 2, 2017

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

House off to Strong Start on Whistleblower Protections in 2017



Photo of Elizabeth Hempowicz testifying before congress on whistleblower protections A House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearing highlighted that the Committee is seriously considering legislative improvements to whistleblower protections, and is ready and willing to conduct oversight of the administration’s handling of wh

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

February 2, 2017

By Sean Moulton

Executive Order is Two Steps Backwards on Regulations



Trump Signing January 30, 2017 Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs with OMB logo in background President Trump’s “one-in, two-out” Executive Order on regulations could bring rulemaking to a grinding halt and shortsightedly ignores the benefits from regulations.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

January 30, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Trump Fails to Expand Definition of Lobbyist in Ethics Order



POTUS Signing Executive Order at White House in January President Trump’s ethics executive order fails to drain the swamp and end a federal government controlled by influence peddlers. Although some of the restrictions are good, the order fails to redefine lobbying and therefore offers little hope that much wil

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Topics: Government Accountability

January 26, 2017

By Nicholas Pacifico

Government Financials a Mess, Improper Payments Rise Again



One hundred dollar bill note shredded and laid out The Government Accountability Office released its financial audit of the federal government for fiscal year 2016, again unable to provide an opinion due to long-standing deficiencies and citing concerns regarding improper payments.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

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