Laura has more than 20 years of experience as an oversight watchdog. Most recently, she was a staffer on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee where she examined issues including regulatory system transparency. Previously, she investigated wasteful government programs as a senior policy analyst at Taxpayers for Common Sense, edited authors from around the world at Foreign Policy magazine, and contributed to award-winning investigations of Pentagon contracting and private military companies as a staff writer for the Center for Public Integrity. Before arriving in Washington, she covered post-war reconstruction in Bosnia and Kosovo for various news outlets. Laura holds a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Under Trump, violations against three of the Farrell-Cooper Mining Company’s mines have been quietly dismissed—leaving landowners whose land was ruined furious.
Why some states are fighting new EPA agricultural worker rules while others aren’t worried
EPA chief Scott Pruitt halted portions of rules protecting workers from pesticides over protests from advocates.
The Trump administration’s border security promises sound an awful lot like what we’ve heard before: Money thrown at contractors on a rushed timeline with no strategy.
Federal agencies provided few details on how they are addressing political appointees' potential conflicts of interest during the Trump administration.
A bill that would further burden the regulatory process may make it to the Senate Floor.
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Budget, staffing, and leadership decisions have resulted in fewer investigations and prosecutions of polluters.
The Department of Interior’s new Royalty Policy Committee gets too much input from industry and too little from civil society.
Despite President Trump’s claim that a border wall is crucial for our safety, the Department of Homeland Security hasn’t requested funding for new walls or fences since the last wall was mandated a decade ago.
A new Republican bill loosens President Trump’s requirement for a border wall, but contains disturbing implications for government contracting and corporate handouts.
Members of Congress are supporting a Department of Interior executive who says management retaliated against him because he disclosed how climate change is putting Alaskan coastal communities at risk.
Trump’s border wall is crawling toward creation despite lack of transparency, funding, and planning.
The Office of Government Ethics posted waivers to the ethics pledge for 10 Trump appointees after demanding them from federal agencies.