Elizabeth "Liz" HempowiczTweet
Public Policy Associate
Area of expertise: Freedom of Information Act, Advocacy
Elizabeth Hempowicz is POGO’s Public Policy Associate. She develops public policy recommendations related to POGO’s program areas, and works to further those recommendations on Capitol Hill. She also participates in various coalitions, representing POGO’s public policy concerns. Before coming to POGO, Liz interned with the Center for Effective Government, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and the Constitution Project. She earned her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law in 2014, where she served as the Managing Editor of the Legislation and Policy Brief. She earned a B.A. in International Political Economy and Diplomacy at the University of Bridgeport in 2010.
Congressional oversight of national security issues has not inspired much confidence recently; however, the new House has a chance to adopt new procedural rules and improve its ability to carry out meaningful oversight.
Both the House of Representatives and the Senate unanimously passed Freedom of Information Act reform laws in this past year, yet the 113th Congress ended without sending any FOIA legislation to the President. How last minute lobbying quietly killed widely supported bipartisan FOIA reform.
With one month left in the 113th Congress, FOIA reform looks more promising than ever. POGO is hopeful that the Senate will be able to move S. 2520 fast enough to see the significant reform passed into law before the new year.
The Department of Energy's Inspector General has yet to deliver answers about the firing of whistleblower Dr. James Doyle and the underlying ambiguous classification procedures used by DOE and its contractors.
Last week was a busy one for FOIA advocates, and POGO offers a short roundup of some of the events that took place.
In a recent Harvard Law & Policy Review article, Yochai Benkler, law professor and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, introduced the idea of a “public accountability defense,” especially for national security whistleblowers.
The Department of Energy Inspector General will investigate Dr. James Doyle's termination for any impropriety from DOE.
POGO joins 10 other groups asking the FCC to require radio stations to post political ad spending information to an online database.