Transparently bad: U.S. whistleblowers feel blowback

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Federal Government, Good Government, Government Waste, National, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

BLOCK IT: President Obama has stymied federal whistleblowers by expanding the "sensitive jobs loophole."

Federal employees who expose government waste, fraud and abuse are having a tough time in the “most transparent administration in history.”

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Ohio Supreme Court: Threats to governor exempt from Open Records Law

By   /  September 10, 2014  /  judicial accountability, Ohio, Open Records, Supreme Court, Transparency, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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Should the public get the details on threats to the governor? The Ohio Supreme Court doesn’t think so.

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Report: Vermont uses ‘budget shenanigans’ to hide $2.6 billion in liabilities

By   /  September 5, 2014  /  News, Pensions, State Budgets, Transparency, unions, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Vermont’s legislative bean counters are engaged in highly misleading accounting practices, especially when it comes to what the state owes on employee pensions and health benefits.

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Police body cameras always on, but not necessarily recording

By   /  September 3, 2014  /  Accountability, Kansas, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Law enforcement at the University of Kansas is implementing new technological measures to record video of all police interactions with the public.

There’s just one small catch: Officers wearing the cameras also control what – and when – it records.

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Still no word why Albuquerque school boss received a $350,000 settlement

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Education, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Winston Brooks resigned as the head of the Albuquerque Public Schools and received a $350,000 buyout. But taxpayers have not been told why he’s leaving.

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Political group alleges Dane County DA violated campaign finance laws

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  Campaign Finance, Elections, Finances, News, Transparency, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The Citizens for Responsible Government Network didn’t want to sit on its hands and wait for a politically charged John Doe investigation that likely would never come.

So the Milwaukee grassroots political watchdog has filed a petition of enforcement with the Wisconsin Department of Justice alleging one of the area’s top law enforcement officials has violated state campaign finance laws.

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