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November 24, 2014

Why Critics of Transparency Are Wrong

Open Government

A new paper from the Brookings Institution argues that not only is transparency not what is holding back Congress, but that increasing openness is the best method to fight government dysfunction.

November 21, 2014

Data on Oil, Gas, Mining Projects Often Incomplete, Missing or Inaccessible

Oil Derricks

There is a glaring lack of data available to the public about the impacts of the drilling and mining of oil, gas and minerals on public lands, according to a Project On Government Oversight (POGO) survey of people who live and work in areas where extractive activities take place.

November 21, 2014

Awaiting Answers from DOE IG on Whistleblower’s Accusations

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The Department of Energy's Inspector General has yet to deliver answers about the firing of whistleblower Dr. James Doyle and the underlying ambiguous classification procedures used by DOE and its contractors.

November 21, 2014

Treasury Nominee Eligible for “Revolving Door” Rewards

Financial Oversight

Antonio Weiss, President Obama’s nominee for a senior post at the Treasury Department, could receive a variety of financial benefits from his current Wall Street employer if he’s confirmed for the position, according to newly posted ethics records.

November 20, 2014

CMRR-NF Cancelled, but Questions Linger

Nuclear Symbol

The Department of Energy cancelled plans to construct the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement – Nuclear Facility (CMRR-NF). DOE plans to update existing facilities and to construct modular facilities, but questions still linger.

November 21, 2014

Data on Oil, Gas, Mining Projects Often Incomplete, Missing or Inaccessible

There is a glaring lack of data available to the public about the impacts of the drilling and mining of oil, gas and minerals on public lands, according to a Project On Government Oversight (POGO) survey of people who live and work in areas where extractive activities take place.

November 12, 2014

POGO Leads Effort in Support of A-10 to NDAA Conference Leaders

As the House and Senate make their way to enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, we want to express our concern about equipping American military forces, now and in the future, to win decisively on the battlefield, to save America lives and to do so at a cost future defense budgets can readily bear.

November 10, 2014

POGO Urges the Senate to Markup S. 1809

POGO urges the Senate to restore the Merit Systems Protections Board's jurisdiction to review sensitive job determinations to make sure these employees are given the protections they deserve.

November 5, 2014

Lack of Transparency Raises Serious Concerns about Planned Uranium Processing Facility

Federal officials have refused to publicly release information about the cost and scope of a planned Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) in Tennessee, even as the project moves toward the design and construction phase.

November 4, 2014

POGO Stands by Fired U.S. Air Marshal Robert MacLean

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the Department of Homeland Security vs. Robert MacLean, the case involving a U.S. Air Marshal who blew the whistle on cut-backs that would have removed air marshals from high-risk long-distance flights when the government was aware of a looming terrorist hijacking plot.

November 14, 2014

Darpa defends decision to give $828,000 no-bid contract to ex-employee

The Guardian | Spencer Ackerman

November 13, 2014

A-10 backers rally against latest plan to ground planes

KGUN9 | By Craig Smith

October 30, 2014

Virginia braces for aftershocks from Wallops explosion

Watchdog.org | By Kenric Ward

October 29, 2014

Democratic congressman pressured VA to help politically connected contractor

The Washington Times | By Jim McElhatton

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