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The FBI’s Mar-a-Lago Papers Search Fact Sheet
The Mar-a-Lago resort is seen against a stormy gray cloud with an American flag in front.

The FBI’s Mar-a-Lago Papers Search

Former President Trump didn’t just abscond with classified material he wasn’t allowed to have; he may have gravely harmed U.S. national security at the same time.

Alan Yu, Peter Juul

Let the Sunshine In Report
The Open Government Partnership was established in 2011 and includes 69 countries.

Let the Sunshine In

This report assesses how the Open Government Partnership—an innovative experiment in multilateral cooperation—is faring after four years and offers recommendations going forward.

Molly Elgin-Cossart, Trevor Sutton, Kathryn Sachs

Five Canards About Job-Killing Regulations Article
Among the regulations that conservatives claim are killing jobs are those on the interstate transportation of invasive foreign snakes, like the Burmese python, shown here. (Flickr/<a href=San Diego Shooter)" data-srcset=" 610w, 610w, 610w, 500w, 250w" data-sizes="auto" />

Five Canards About Job-Killing Regulations

Kristina Costa and Michael Linden point out the absurdities in conservative arguments that regulations are holding back our economy, not lack of demand.

Kristina Costa, Michael Linden

When Words Get in the Way Report
For the first time since the SEC began registering money managers in 1940, disclosure brochures are now available to the general public and in one searchable database (AP/File)

When Words Get in the Way

Gadi Dechter explains new SEC disclosure rules and what steps can be made toward improving them.

Gadi Dechter

Conservative Health and Safety Bull’s Eyes by the Numbers Article
PPL's Brunner Island, a three-unit coal-fired power plant, is seen in York Haven, Pennsylvania. Seven out of the 10 regulations on the GOP’s hit list are intended to fulfill the requirements of the Clean Air Act. In addition to preventing 2 million premature deaths between 1990 and 2010 alone, the Clean Air Act gives all Americans the luxury of breathing without smog masks. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

Conservative Health and Safety Bull’s Eyes by the Numbers

House conservatives’ claim that 10 rules are preventing job growth falls apart when you look at the numbers, writes Kristina Costa. But the consequences are clear.

Kristina Costa

July 21 Is Consumers’ Independence Day Article
President Barack Obama announces the nomination of former Ohio Attorney  General Richard Cordray, right, to serve as the first director of the  Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on July 18, 2011. (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

July 21 Is Consumers’ Independence Day

The new “cop on the beat” for consumers of financial products faces more challenges ahead, but it’s a fight worth having, argues Gadi Dechter.

Gadi Dechter

Don’t Close Open-Government Sites Article
The Electronic Government Fund, which pays for multiple websites that make government data available to the public, will have its budget slashed from $34 million to just $8 million because of GOP-led cuts. U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, above, said many open-government projects “will experience a sharp decline given the limited amount of funding.” (Flickr/<a href=personaldemocracy)" data-srcset=" 610w, 610w, 610w, 500w, 250w" data-sizes="auto" />

Don’t Close Open-Government Sites

Pratap Chatterjee reports on how slashed funding for important transparency initiatives risks harming government efficiency.

Pratap Chatterjee

Building on a Successful Article
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden make a statement regarding the passage of the fiscal cliff bill in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, January 1, 2013. (AP/Charles Dharapak)

Building on a Successful

The Obama administration’s new Campaign to Cut Waste promises to build on the successes of the 2009 Recovery Act and usher in a new era of transparency and accountability over government spending, write Julia Kantor and Sam Ungar.

Julia Kantor, Sam Ungar

Viewpoint: Doing What Works In the News

Viewpoint: Doing What Works

As government programs face greater scrutiny, the new GPRA framework could put more officials in the accountability hot seat. But it's also an opportunity for agencies to restore the public's trust in government, writes John Griffith.

Government Executive

John Griffith

A Win-Win on Regulatory Reform Article
In spring 2005, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, left, and his Finance Minister Gordon Brown, right, committed to modernizing their system of regulation while also maintaining protections. President Obama announced yesterday that his administration would also move toward a 21st century regulatory system. (AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

A Win-Win on Regulatory Reform

Jitinder Kohli sets out five lessons for the Obama administration from his experience working on similar reforms in Britain.

Jitinder Kohli

Saving Without Slashing Article
Former U.S. Treasurer Anna Cabral, second from left, speaks about the Earned Income Tax Credit as part of EITC Awareness Day. The Treasury Department distributed $50 billion to low- and moderate-income families through the EITC program last year, but the government estimates that about a quarter of those payments were deemed improper. (AP/Ron Edmonds)

Saving Without Slashing

The new Partnership Fund for Program Integrity Innovation could generate creative solutions to a problem that has long vexed Washington, writes John Griffith.

John Griffith

Correcting Myths About Federal Pay Article
Brett Tolman, pictured here, is a federal prosecutor in Utah. Federal workers on average not only are better educated than those in the private sector, but are also more experienced and older. This helps explain the compensation gap that appears when looking at unadjusted wages. (AP/Douglas C. Pizac)

Correcting Myths About Federal Pay

Lauren Smith breaks down the shoddy analysis underlying false claims about federal pay levels, which have been misrepresented by conservatives and major news outlets.

Lauren Smith

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Tackling Climate Change and Environmental Injustice

Tackling Climate Change and Environmental Injustice

We pursue climate action that meets the crisis’s urgency, creates good-quality jobs, benefits disadvantaged communities, and restores U.S. credibility on the global stage.

Restoring Social Trust in Democracy

Restoring Social Trust in Democracy

Democracy is under attack at home and abroad. We must act to ensure it is accessible to all, accountable, and can serve as a force of good.

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