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    Transparency in Government: Finding Out How Much the Government’s Mistakes Are Costing Us

    One of the little known costs that taxpayers unwittingly pay is the Judgment Fund administered by the Treasury Department. This fund is used to pay “judicially and administratively ordered monetary awards against the United States” when it loses lawsuits, as well as settlements by the government of threatened or actual … More

    How a FOIA Request Brought Down EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

    Author Christopher Horner joined the Bloggers Briefing this week to discuss his new book, The Liberal War on Transparency, and how citizen journalists can use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to hold the government accountable. “You’ve got Issa oversight, and you’ve got you oversight—FOIA and state open records laws,” … More

    Shining the Light of Transparency on U.S. Public Diplomacy

    Transparency in government took a huge step forward on January 3. On that day, President Obama signed into law the Smith–Mundt Modernization Act as an amendment to the 2013 Defense Authorization Bill. With the new revision, State Department foreign programming may be broadcast in the United States, though it may … More

    Who Altered the Benghazi Talking Points?

    Bipartisan outrage is a rarity in Washington these days, but the Obama Administration’s lack of transparency over Benghazi has provoked it. This $64,000 question occupied Congress in open and closed hearings last week as well as the Sunday talk shows: Who altered the Administration’s talking points on the Benghazi terrorist … More

    IMF: Fannie and Freddie Threaten U.S. Fiscal Health

    Followers of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have long joked that the fund’s acronym stands for “It’s Mostly Fiscal.” For a long time it has helped bail out basket-case economies with severe fiscal deficiencies, such as Greece, Russia, and Argentina. But a recent report shows that the IMF is now … More

    Morning Bell: Administration Ignores Law, Delays Exposing New Regulations

    After three years of hyper-regulation, the Obama Administration has noticeably slowed its rulemaking in recent months. A variety of major rules have been parked in prolonged “review” by the White House, while the regulatory agenda required by statute has failed to materialize—twice. This flouting of the law is disturbing enough, … More

    California Union Members Demand Transparency from Union Bosses

    Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have launched a protest against their own union in California over waste and corruption. They rallied outside SEIU headquarters last week and plan to be in Sacramento on Wednesday. The protestors are calling for transparency, accountability, and audits of the 2 million … More

    VP Debate Moderator Has Close Obama Ties

    It’s a pretty big story that Barack Obama attended the wedding of Martha Raddatz, the ABC News senior foreign correspondent picked as the moderator for Thursday night’s vice presidential debate. It’s an especially good story since Obama was close enough to the groom, Julius “Jay” Genachowski, that he appointed him … More

    FEMA Disaster Website Suddenly Less Transparent

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been out of control in its disaster declarations, and the Obama Administration has issued more of these than any President—costing taxpayers billions. The government has made this information readily searchable online, until recently. At some point in the last couple of months, FEMA … More

    U.S. Foreign Aid Lacks Transparency, New Study Says

    A new study by the international watchdog group Publish What You Fund finds U.S. foreign aid programs lagging seriously in transparency. According to the organization, transparency is critical for ensuring genuine accountability for results. Of the various U.S. aid organizations, the Millennium Challenge Corporation is the most transparent, with a … More