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December 17, 2014

Year-End Spending Bill Loaded with Pork and Boondoggles

Government Accountability

In its rush to recess for the year, Congress enacted a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill, called the "cromnibus," which funded gobs of pork at the Pentagon and Department of Energy.

December 16, 2014

Former CEO of “Flagrant 5” Firm Pleads Guilty to Fraud

Contract Oversight

Former Louis Berger Group CEO Derish Wolff pleaded guilty to overbilling the U.S. Agency for International Development. Two other former executives have already pleaded guilty in the matter, for which the company paid $69 million in civil and criminal fines.

December 16, 2014

Last Minute Frenzy Around FOIA and Its Disappointing End

Open Government

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate unanimously passed Freedom of Information Act reform laws in this past year, yet the 113th Congress ended without sending any FOIA legislation to the President. How last minute lobbying quietly killed widely supported bipartisan FOIA reform.

December 16, 2014

Oversight of Foreign Lobbying Suffers From Neglect, Indifference and Lack of Transparency

FARA Report

A federal law meant to track U.S. political activity by foreign interests suffers from lax enforcement, shoddy record keeping, glaring loopholes and in many cases outright disregard by the firms hired to lobby on behalf of foreign entities, according to a report published today by POGO.

December 15, 2014

Navy Tries to Cover Up New Carrier’s Exploding Cost

Ford Carrier

The Navy is trying to cover up the total cost of its new aircraft carrier, which is $2.4 billion over budget and climbing.

December 16, 2014

Loopholes, Filing Failures, and Lax Enforcement: How the Foreign Agents Registration Act Falls Short

The Foreign Agents Registration Act requires lobbyists working on behalf of foreign interests to disclose details about their relationships with their foreign clients, but POGO found that the law is not always obeyed and the Justice Department does not always enforce it.

December 16, 2014

Oversight of Foreign Lobbying Suffers From Neglect, Indifference and Lack of Transparency

A federal law meant to track U.S. political activity by foreign interests suffers from lax enforcement, shoddy record keeping, glaring loopholes and in many cases outright disregard by the firms hired to lobby on behalf of foreign entities, according to a report published today by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO).

December 11, 2014

Justice Department Downplays Evidence of Politics in Probe of Governor

New evidence related to one of the most controversial public corruption cases in recent years, the 2006 conviction of Alabama’s former Democratic Governor, Donald E. Siegelman, indicates that Department of Justice lawyers may have engaged in prosecutorial misconduct.

December 11, 2014

Speaker Boehner’s Inaction Will Kill FOIA Reform

For all of his talk about his desire to hold the Obama Administration accountable, we find it unfathomable that Speaker John Boehner would allow a bill that strengthens and reforms the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to die without a vote.

December 11, 2014

Justice Dept. Downplays Evidence of Politics in Probe of Governor

A federal prosecutor brought politics into an investigation of former Alabama Gov. Donald E. Siegelman before the Democrat was charged with public corruption, convicted, and, in 2007, sent to prison, according to a story published today by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO).

December 16, 2014

Foreign lobbying oversight found lax

Politico | Philip Ewing

December 16, 2014

Lobbyists For Foreign Interests May Be Violating U.S. Law [REPORT]

ValueWalk | Michelle Jones

December 16, 2014

Foreign lobbying enforcement 'lax'

The Hill | Megan R. Wilson

December 16, 2014

Watchdog’s Foreign Lobbying Audit Finds ‘Lax Enforcement’

Legal Times | Andrew Ramonas

December 11, 2014

Watchdog probe pressures Pentagon to control contracted-out spending

The Washington Examiner; Watchdog: Follow the Money | Sarah Westwood

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