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Accountable, Transparent Government: The Promise of the DATA Act

Joel Gurin | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Joel Gurin

Every political observer knows that we're living in a time of historically low trust in government and high partisan polarization. But a growing federal commitment to accountability and transparency could begin to change that.

The IRS Request That Could Help Identity Thieves

Adam Levin | Posted 12.18.2015 | Crime
Adam Levin

In September, the IRS proposed giving nonprofits the option of providing more information about people who contribute $250 or more. What kind of information you ask?

Kate Sheppard

Obama Administration Comes Out Swinging Against GOP Environmental Spending Bill | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Tuesday strongly criticized a Republican budget proposal that would undermine regulatory work at the Environ...

Sam Stein

White House Moves Closer To Major Executive Action On Overtime Pay | Sam Stein | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics

The Obama administration on Tuesday morning put in motion one of the last major elements of the president's economic agenda, a reform to overtime rule...

Obama: Stop Wall Street Brokers From Putting Their Interests Above Clients Saving for Retirement

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Dennis M. Kelleher

We're not suggesting that everyone who gives retirement investment advice is taking advantage of their clients, since many advisers do act in their client's best interest. But, because the law does not require them to do so, far too many do not. That's why the President's recent action is so important.

The $65 Dollar "Solution"

Dan Cardinali | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays when we tend to think about the less fortunate, and this year, I'll be thinking specifically about two numbers: $49 and $65.

What Are the Benefits and Costs of EPA's Proposed CO2 Regulation?

Robert Stavins | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Obama Administration's proposed regulation of existing power-sector sources of CO2 has the potential to be cost-effective, and if you accept these numbers, it can also be welfare-enhancing, if not welfare-maximizing.

Environmental Groups Say Obama Administration Watered Down EPA Pollution Rule

The Huffington Post | Kasey Varner | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Environmental advocacy groups have filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit accusing the White House of withholding documents the grou...

White House Meeting Logs: Big Rail Lobbying Against 'Bomb Train' Regulations It Publicly Touts

Steve Horn | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Big Rail has talked a big game to the public about its desire for increased safety measures for its trains carrying oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the Bakken Shale. What happens behind closed doors, the meeting logs show, tells another story.

Managing the State Department

Tom Fox | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Heather Higginbottom is deputy secretary for management and resources at the State Department. She previously served as deputy director of the Office ...

Laura Bassett

Obama's New Health Secretary May Change How Washington Works | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics

Sylvia Mathews Burwell is about to inherit one of the most difficult jobs in Washington. As President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Department of...

Political Gridlock Is an Enemy of Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

With important issues facing our nation, very little is getting done. And for our nation's children, stalemate in Congress precludes action on addressing a wide array of problems.

Kate Sheppard

EPA Says Power Plant Rules Will Be Ready By June 1 Deadline | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency says it is on pace to release its new draft standards for cutting greenhouse gas emissions from exis...

White House To Release Budget Data

Reuters | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics

(Corrects first name to Sylvia from Sheila in paragraph 8) By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - In an unusu...

Kate Sheppard

North Carolina Coal Ash Spill Renews Push For Long-Delayed Federal Regulations | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON – Between 50,000 and 82,000 tons of coal ash flowed into North Carolina's Dan River on Sunday, prompting renewed calls for long-delayed f...

A Solution to Regulatory Delay: End Centralized White House Regulatory Review

Rena Steinzor | Posted 12.10.2013 | Green
Rena Steinzor

If this or any other president truly wants to "win the future," OIRA's myopia must give way to an affirmative vision of how government can protect those who truly cannot protect themselves.

Shutdown Silliness

Charles Kolb | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Charles Kolb

The American people, plus our government departments and agencies, should not be affected in any way by the failure of the Congress and the White House to complete their Constitutional duties on time. We are not only a nation of laws but, presumably, one of adults as well.

Kate Sheppard

Will Congress Finally Reform Chemical Safety Policy After 37 Years? | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The EPA's decision late last week to withdraw two proposed changes to chemical safety and disclosure rules is another sign that the coun...

Kate Sheppard

EPA Quietly Withdraws Two Proposed Chemical Safety Rules | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency this week quietly withdrew two draft rules dealing with the regulation of chemicals. The potential r...

Congress Fiddles While the Western States Burn

Michael Winship | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

Our stalwart U.S. Congress, aided and abetted by government bureaucracy, is cutting Western firefighters' lifeline much as it did when members of the House initially balked at aid for sick and dying 9/11 first responders.

Dave Jamieson

A Promise From Obama To Workers Still Unfulfilled | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In December of 2011, President Barack Obama stood at the White House alongside a group of home care workers and announced that his admin...

Obama Administration Quietly Approved Big Change

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

Back in January, President Barack Obama proclaimed in his State of the Union speech that if Congress did not act on climate change, his administration...

'This Wasteful Expenditure Of Taxpayer Resources Must Stop'

Reuters | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) - The White House proposed legislation on Thursday to cap the pay of federal government contractors at no more than the...

Cell Phone Services Show Broken Buying System

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Why does one governmental agency have 13 different cell phone plans for which it pays varied prices that are higher than commercially available rates? The one take away is that the government clearly is not leveraging its buying power and, as a result, is wasting taxpayer dollars.

White House Slams Bill As 'Political Gamesmanship'

Reuters | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics

* White House calls House bill "political gamesmanship" * Debt limit issue comes to a head late July or later * Prioriti...