More Accountability Articles

  • FOIA exemptions provide ample cover for bureaucrats hiding agency secrets, transparency advocates say

    Black columns run vertically down 700 pages, devoid of any information about the federal workers who spent thousands of hours doing union work while on the government payroll. This is what the U.S. Department of Agriculture considers public disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. In...

  • Open government group questions Susana Martinez policy

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is asking Gov. Susana Martinez about the administration's policy for handling information requests from the Legislature's watchdog committees. The questions were raised in response to a story by The Associated Press that...

  • Shaming tight-lipped bureaucrats on Veterans Affairs issues could improve transparency, open government advocates say

    Shaming the Department of Veterans Affairs for its closed-mouthed tactics through a new congressional website is a unique tactic that will ratchet up pressure on all agencies to be more transparent, media and open government advocates say. Whether it works remains to be seen. The House...

  • More than half of top posts in key Obamacare agency are vacant or held by 'acting' caretakers

    Eighteen of the 32 top management jobs in the federal agency that is "ground zero" for running Obamacare are either vacant or filled on an acting basis. The agency is the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. Its problems start at the top. Gary Cohen's last day as CCIIO's...

  • FBI needs two weeks to add person to terrorist watch list, IG says

    More than two weeks sometimes pass before a newly identified terrorism suspect is added to the Federal Bureau of Investigation watchlist, the agency's watchdog has found.

  • Key John Kerry adviser runs State Department's redundant, mission-less 'conflict' bureau, IG says

    A new diplomatic program dedicated to preventing conflicts and run by a key adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry is directionless and unstable, and few in government know what it actually does, an internal watchdog says.

  • House committee puts up website to track stonewalling by Veterans Affairs press office

    The Department of Veterans Affairs' stonewalling of questions is being showcased by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs on a new web page that tracks a lengthy list of refusals by agency officials to answer inquiries from the media.

  • New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's directive upsets lawmakers

    SANTA FE, N.M. — Gov. Susana Martinez has clamped down on the Legislature's watchdog committees in what some lawmakers consider an attempt to limit their oversight of the Republican governor's agencies. At the direction of the governor, administration agencies are telling the Legislative...

  • Department of Education revives Florida Bright Futures probe

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has revived a probe into Florida's Bright Futures scholarship program, which critics charge is increasingly out of reach for the students who need it most. A spokesman for the department told The Miami...

  • Ex-border inspector to be sentenced for corruption

    SAN DIEGO — Lorne Jones received praise from supervisors for seizing large loads of marijuana and other drugs during a long career as a U.S. border inspector. Now he faces a judge for helping smuggle drugs himself. Jones faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced...

  • San Diego invites feds to probe police misconduct

    SAN DIEGO — San Diego's new mayor and newly appointed police chief have invited the federal Department of Justice to investigate the city's police department after allegations of officer misconduct. Mayor Kevin Faulconer and police Chief Shelley Zimmerman were set to reveal details about the...

  • Louisiana court: Give contractor records about cancellation

    BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana must give a fired contractor records about cancellation of its $200 million contract to process Medicaid claims, the state appeal court in Baton Rouge ruled in response to an open records request. The Jindal administration canceled Client Network Services Inc.'s...

  • Rhode Island speaker to step down after FBI raids

    Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox is resigning from his leadership post and will not run for re-election, he said Saturday, a day after federal and state authorities raided his Statehouse office and home as part of a criminal investigation that they would not detail.

  • Federal employees using government aircraft for hundreds of non-official missions, GAO says

    Senior federal officials use government airplanes for many non-official purposes, but agencies don't track the trips, according to the Government Accountability Office. More than 1,700 aircraft are owned or leased by the federal government and are used to "accomplish a wide variety of...

  • Firing of officer who shared Rihanna photo upheld

    LOS ANGELES — A police officer who distributed an evidence photo depicting Rihanna's injuries after she was attacked by Chris Brown was properly fired for her actions, a judge ruled Thursday. Former Los Angeles police officer Rebecca Reyes took a picture of an evidence photo and the image...



From the Weekly Standard

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    “Just because something bears the aspect of the inevitable one should not, therefore, go along willingly with it.” ​—​Philip K. Dick

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    Polls are overrated, but they can be still instructive. So what’s to be learned from a Fox News survey of 1,012 registered voters conducted April 13-15? 

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  • As Goes North Carolina

    Raleigh, N.C.  To win the Senate, Republicans must win North Carolina. While it’s mathematically possible to take the Senate without ousting Democratic senator Kay Hagan, the chances of that...

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