Government Transparency

Bloc Party: Corruption Costs EU Over $162 Billion Annually

Bloc Party: Corruption Costs EU Over $162 Billion Annually
Corruption affects all member countries of the European Union and costs the bloc's economies around 120 billion euros ($162.19 billion) a year, an official EU report published Monday said. European Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said the estimated amount lost annually due to padded government contracts, covert political financing, bribes to secure health care and other corrupt practices would be enough to fund the European Union's yearly operating budget.
origin Author: 
John-Thor Dahlburg
origin Blog: 

Military Gets a Partial Pass on Foreign Aid Transparency Push

Military Gets a Partial Pass on Foreign Aid Transparency Push
Security assistance – a broad category that covers about $25 billion in yearly spending – skyrocketed in the wake of 9/11, growing by 227 percent from 2002 to 2012. A slew of recent reports from government watchdog agencies have found a glaring lack of accountability around security assistance. In 2012, Congress drafted a bill that would have subjected all foreign aid, including security assistance, to stricter monitoring and transparency requirements. The Pentagon successfully opposed the effort for security aid. The bill never made it to a vote.
origin Author: 
Cora Currier
origin Blog: 

Buried in Transparency: Pennsylvania's Latest Shell Game to Protect Big Energy

Buried in Transparency: Pennsylvania's Latest Shell Game to Protect Big Energy
Whether it's an antiquated analog filing system or inefficient policies, the Pennsylvania Department of Energy is keeping the information surrounding Big Energy's takeover of the state a secret by burying it in legalese, red tape and massive amounts of irrelevant information.
origin Author: 
origin Blog: 

New Horizons for City of Bell

When you mention the City of Bell, people immediately remember the scandals that garnered national attention. From a city of just two square miles and fewer than 40,000 people, the high salaries, high property taxes, voter fraud, and even mismanagement of city administration seemed unimaginable. How was this level of corruption possible? Why had this gone on for so long?
origin Author: 
origin Blog: