I received this from POGO (Project On Government Oversight), last week.  –GFS

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Dear G. Florence,

Two important developments to tell you about:

On the heels of testimony by POGO’s Angela Canterbury, Congress has repealed a provision that had given the SEC outrageous secrecy privileges.

This is a major victory for defrauded investors, for whistleblowers and for open government.

POGO is joining a bi-partisan group of senators in calling for new leadership in a key government oversight position.

The current Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)—the government watchdog who is supposed to root out fraud, waste, and abuse of taxpayer dollars in Afghanistan reconstruction efforts—has had a disappointing tenure.

Taxpayers have spent over $51 billion on reconstruction in Afghanistan since 2002, and it’s time to put an effective watchdog in place.

I encourage you to read more about these issues at POGO”s Website:

Brief analysis of the bill to repeal SEC secrecy privileges  http://pogoblog.typepad.com/pogo/2010/09/sec-secrecy-repeal-sent-to-obama.html

Highlights from POGO testimony arguing for need to repeal these privileges  http://www.pogo.org/pogo-files/alerts/financial-oversight/fo-fra-20100915.html

Why the current SIGAR needs to go   http://www.pogo.org/pogo-files/alerts/government-oversight/go-igi-20100923.html

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