White House Silence to Lawmakers’ Requests Raises Eyebrows, Questions & Other News


White House v Capitol Hill

White House Silence to Lawmakers’ Requests Raises Eyebrows, Questions

Is it frustrating to have a White House ignore inquiries from Members of Congress from the minority party? Yes. Is it new? On its face, not particularly. But there’s a caveat.

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Flag of Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia Lobbying Efforts in the Spotlight

Weak enforcement of foreign lobbying laws left US military veterans lobbying on behalf of Saudi Arabia in 2016 and 2017, unaware they were doing so — a multi-million dollar lobbying effort that included 22 different lobbying firms.

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White HouseWhite House Releases Ethics Waivers After Battle with OGE

The White House reversed its decision to fight the Office of Government Ethics over the release of government ethics records the day after POGO requested that it should proactively release copies of ethics waivers.

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Capitol HillA Special Counsel Shouldn’t Keep Congress from Investigating

Congressional investigations can bring to light important information that would have been left unaddressed by a criminal investigation.

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USS FordHow Not to Build a Ship: The USS Ford

The USS Ford is a monument to the Navy’s and defense industry’s ability to justify spending billions in taxypayer dollars on unproven technologies that often deliver worse performance at a higher cost.

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WhistleblowersStrengthening Whistleblower Protections Still a Bipartisan Issue

Before Memorial Day recess and with little fanfare, Congress passed legislation to close a significant loophole in the Whistleblower Protection Act.

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Littoral Combat ShipLittoral Combat Ship Budget Games

This year’s Pentagon budget originally included a small victory for taxpayers: it reduced its request for the troubled Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to only one ship for $1.2 billion.

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RetirementTrump Will Not Delay Launch of Retirement-Adviser Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor will let an Obama administration Wall-Street ethics rule take effect next week.

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RailgunThe Pentagon’s Silver-Bullet Hype Machine

In our post-9/11 environment, any failure to fund a possible silver bullet is deemed unpatriotic, and is too often cited as evidence that skeptics don’t care about our men and women in uniform.

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POGO in the News

Government Executive

Bill to Protect Whistleblowers Who Refuse to Break Rules Goes to President

The nonprofit Project on Government Oversight welcomed the bill as plugging a gap. “While there are more improvements necessary to strengthen whistleblower protections in this Congress,” wrote POGO policy counsel Liz Hempowicz, “the passage of this bill closes a dangerous loophole, and we applaud Representative Duffy for spearheading this effort.”

 

Government Executive

Effort to Save Agency from Budget Ax Draws Allegations of Wrongful Lobbying

Scott H. Amey, general counsel of the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, said: “Engler’s involvement on this save CSB lobbying campaign likely constitutes a violation of the federal anti-lobbying law. That said, I wouldn’t expect Uncle Sam to move forward with a case against him because the lobbying doesn’t rise to Justice’s legal threshold of a ‘substantial’ or ‘large-scale’ expense of public funds.”

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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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