Congress: Legislation and Oversight

Buzzfeed News: After Trump’s Ukraine Scandal, Congress Is Moving To Strengthen Whistleblower Protections

Note: this article, featuring our National Security Analyst Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. After Trump's Ukraine Scandal, Congress Is Moving To Strengthen Whistleblower Protections Reviewing a summary obtained by BuzzFeed News, one expert said: “These look like incredibly important, excellent reforms." WASHINGTON — Congress is working on strengthening the laws that allow employees at [...]

GovExec: Senators Make Bipartisan Push to Expedite Hiring for Workers to Oversee Pandemic Response

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. Senators Make Bipartisan Push to Expedite Hiring for Workers to Oversee Pandemic Response Measure would ensure special investigator has proper resources in light of Trump's recent IG firing spree, senator says. The watchdog office Congress created to oversee trillions of dollars of economic stimulus [...]

Foreign Policy: Senators Question Fitness of Trump’s Nominee for Intelligence Chief

Note: this article, featuring our National Security Analyst and Deputy Director of Legislation Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Senators Question Fitness of Trump’s Nominee for Intelligence Chief Ratcliffe gets grilled over his role in misrepresenting the facts during the U.S. president’s impeachment. Rep. John Ratcliffe, a Trump loyalist without intelligence experience nominated by the [...]

Federal News Network: Pandemic Board Launches Spending Tracker, But With Little for Oversight Groups to Parse

Note: this article, featuring our Deputy Director of Legislation Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Pandemic Board Launches Spending Tracker, But With Little for Oversight Groups to Parse The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, following a recent leadership shakeup from President Donald Trump, has gained some momentum building an oversight apparatus that’ll oversee nearly $3 trillion in [...]

The Washington Post: Vacancies Have Hindered the Trump Administration’s Response to the Coronavirus

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. Vacancies Have Hindered the Trump Administration’s Response to the Coronavirus As President Trump tries to defend his sluggish response to the coronavirus pandemic, 18 nongovernmental organizations are pressing against agency vacancies that can hinder federal action. “We fear that the leadership vacuum in several federal agencies [...]

Federal News Network: Whistleblower Groups Urge Congressional Action on MSPB Nominees

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project and our Deputy Director of Legislation Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Whistleblower Groups Urge Congressional Action on MSPB Nominees Whistleblower advocacy groups are urging congressional action on the Merit Systems Protection Board, which has lacked a quorum for more than three years now. The Project on Government [...]

2020-02-27T08:48:26-05:00February 27th, 2020|Congress: Legislation and Oversight, In The News, MISC, MSPB|

Sign-on: MISC Letter to Congress RE: Whistleblower Rights

February 25, 2020 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader United States Senate 317 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Charles E. Schumer Minority Leader United States Senate 322 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker U.S. House of Representatives 1236 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 [...]

2020-02-26T11:18:50-05:00February 26th, 2020|Congress: Legislation and Oversight, In The News, Letter|

The Hill: Pelosi Names First-Ever House Whistleblower Ombudsman Director

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. Pelosi Names First-Ever House Whistleblower Ombudsman Director Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday announced the first director of a new office within the House to establish best practices for lawmakers to receive confidential information from whistleblowers about government wrongdoing. The office was established as part of [...]

2020-02-18T10:03:53-05:00February 18th, 2020|Congress: Legislation and Oversight, In The News|

Fed Scoop: Transparency Advocates Push Congress on Public Access to CRS Reports

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. Transparency Advocates Push Congress on Public Access to CRS Reports A group of transparency advocates is pushing Congress to make more Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports more accessible to the public. The group sent a letter to the House and Senate on Tuesday detailing [...]

2020-02-05T13:42:24-05:00February 4th, 2020|Congress: Legislation and Oversight, In The News|

GovExec: With Appeals Board Hamstrung, Congress Declines to Intervene on Behalf of Whistleblowers Facing Discipline

Note: this article, featuring our Legal Director Tom Devine, was originally published here. With Appeals Board Hamstrung, Congress Declines to Intervene on Behalf of Whistleblowers Facing Discipline Inaction comes as MSPB lacks board members and many feds say impeachment proceedings have left them less likely to report wrongdoing. ongress this week declined to intervene on [...]

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