President Obama Can (and Should) Embrace the FOIA Improvements Act →

CIA and Congress Clash Over Classified Report on Interrogation Program - WSJ →

""I am neither Democrat nor Republican nor ideological," he told a Wall Street Journal reporter recently over a 7:15 a.m. meeting at CIA headquarters. "I’m an equal opportunity offender."

Partly as a result, relations between the CIA and Congress are more fraught than at any point in the past decade. The source of the tension is the Senate intelligence committee’s classified report on the CIA’s controversial post-9/11 interrogation program—and the agency’s response to it.”


National Journal: 

"It’s going to be a little more difficult to ferret out which members of Congress are lavished with all-expenses-paid trips around the world after the House has quietly stripped away the requirement that such privately sponsored travel be included on lawmakers’ annual financial-disclosure forms.

"The move, made behind closed doors and without a public announcement by the House Ethics Committee, reverses more than three decades of precedent."

POGO and Coalition Express Strong Support for Bill Limiting Self-Dealing in Congress →

A coalition of organizations devoted to government accountability expressed strong support for the Making Every Representative’s Integrity Transparent Act of 2014 (MERIT Act), legislation introduced in the House of Representatives last Thursday by Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA).

In a letter to Rep. Speier, eleven nonpartisan organizations and a campaign finance expert described the MERIT Act as a “smart, common-sense approach… to addressing instances where politicians inappropriately benefit from political activities.”

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Lawmaker pushes release of Pentagon misconduct reports →

The Pentagon’s internal watchdog occasionally investigates misconduct by the military’s top brass, but right now the public doesn’t get to see those reports. A new amendment would fix that. Read more.

Tell Congress to Save $7 Billion by Retiring the USS George Washington →

Here’s a pop quiz: How many aircraft carriers does the U.S. Navy need to maintain military superiority? Before you answer that question, consider that no other country in the world, including China and Russia, has more than two carriers.

Would five aircraft carriers be enough? How about seven or eight?

The fact is, the U.S. has ten nuclear powered carriers in its fleet, with another scheduled to become operational in a mere two years. However, carriers are incredibly expensive to maintain and top military strategists have raised serious doubts about their vulnerabilities in modern warfare. So, considering all those factors, does it make sense for the Navy to spend $4.7 billion next year to refuel the USS George Washington?

Thoughtful naval experts think the Pentagon could easily trim its budget by reducing its carrier fleet, while still maintaining a Navy second to none. We agree.

Tell Congress to Save $7 Billion by Retiring the USS George Washington

Fewer lobbyists are passing through the revolving door from K Street to Capitol Hill →

DATA Act Will Bring Greater Transparency to Federal Spending →

What to know where your tax dollars go? Well this bill will help.