Blackwater and the “Subservient” State Department →

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

The IRS isn’t the only agency with an e-mail problem →

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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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Tell the Inspector General to Drop His Demand for the Names of VA Whistleblowers →

Fight between two watchdogs in VA drama could affect federal whistleblowers →

New Afghan War Plan Announced, But How Much Will It Cost? →

Army to Seek Northrop Refunds Over Inflated Labor Rates →

It’s good that the government is going to get the money back, but is that punishment enough for the fraudulent billing?