Happy birthday to the Freedom of Information Act!


American flag and fireworks

FOIA Turns 51: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

Happy birthday to the Freedom of Information Act! This July 4 marked 51 years since the creation of the law that provided a way for all Americans to obtain information from the federal government.

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F-16My Very Own Warplane

A tribute to the F-16, whose production is coming to an end in the U.S. later this summer — and may, in fact, move overseas.

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Dr. Bruce Gudmundsson

PODCAST: Dr. Bruce Gudmundsson on Military History

Dr. Bruce Gudmundsson, a historian at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, VA, talks about why the study of history is important and how an earlier reform effort has shaped current military reform in the United States.

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We’re hiring!

We're hiring!Job Openings: Media and Communications, Social Media

POGO is currently hiring for a Media and Communications Associate and a Social Media Associate — please forward to your lists to spread the word!

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POGO in the News

The New York Times

Government Ethics Chief Resigns, Casting Uncertainty Over Agency

Those who have worked in the ethics office or in the White House said it raised pressing questions over whether Mr. Trump’s choice of Mr. Shaub’s successor would quiet the agency’s criticism:

Danielle Brian: “I’m sorry to see you leave govt service. The next OGE Director needs to have your guts to stand up to the White House of any Administration.”

 

The Hill

Watchdog groups fear for ethics office after resignation

Other groups, including the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), on Thursday urged lawmakers to strengthen the laws around conflicts of interest.
“POGO agrees with Walt’s assessment that current ethics program ‘needs to be stronger than it is’ and we will continue push Congress to make the changes necessary for the OGE to both investigate and enforce compliance with the ethic laws,” said Danielle Brian, POGO’s executive director.

 

NPR: All Things Considered

Ethics Office Director Walter Shaub Resigns, Saying Rules Need To Be Tougher

DANIELLE BRIAN: Previous administrations have sort of cared a lot about trying to do something about a violation of those conflicts of interest standards, and we have an administration now that honestly doesn’t care.

 

Fast Company

How Western PR Firms Quietly Push Putin’s Agenda

The Project on Government Oversight, an independent nonpartisan watchdog group, cites loopholes in FARA that make it difficult to police violations.

 

Route Fifty

Trump’s Election Integrity Commission Hasn’t Officially Met Yet—And It May Have Just Violated Federal Law

Scott Amey, general counsel for the Project On Government Oversight, went further in an email:

“There is value in creating a Commission on Election Integrity. The Commission, however, likely broke federal rules on its first day of work. There are legal responsibilities for Commission operations, including providing advanced notice and holding meetings that are open to the public. It seems that in a preliminary call, substantive work was discussed and actions were taken in violation of those rules. It’s a minor violation, but we have checks and balances to ensure that the government doesn’t run amok, and public notice and participation are essential to any democracy.”

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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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