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June 1, 2017

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

White House Releases Ethics Waivers After Battle with OGE



White House Ethics Waiver The White House reversed its decision to fight the Office of Government Ethics over the release of government ethics records the day after POGO requested that it should proactively release copies of ethics waivers on public websites.

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Topics: Government Accountability

May 30, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Trump Will Not Delay Launch of Retirement-Adviser Fiduciary Rule



Retirement Graphic Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced the Trump administration will not postpone the June implementation of a rule imposing a higher ethical standard on financial advisers. “Respect for the rule of law” compelled Secretary Acosta to allow the rule to start taking effect next week.

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Topics: Financial Sector

May 30, 2017

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Strengthening Whistleblower Protections Still a Bipartisan Issue



Whistleblower Retaliation Lineup: Men in suits lined up facing a wall, their shadows elongated in front of them. One of the men's outlines is shaped like a whistle Before Memorial Day recess and with little fanfare, Congress passed legislation to close a significant loophole in the Whistleblower Protection Act. The Follow the Rules Act protects whistleblowers from having to obey orders from a supervisor that would re

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

May 23, 2017

By Andrea Peterson

Investigation Pro-Tips from the Church Committee’s Chief Counsel



Photo of Special Senate Committee on Intelligence Operations Fritz Schwarz, Jr., on what made the Church Committee work—and why Congressional investigations today are harder.

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Topics: Government Accountability

May 19, 2017

By Nick Schwellenbach

What to Look For Next: Leak Investigations and More Attacks on the Press



Freedom of the press The administration has signaled it wants to aggressively go after the press and its sources. Congress should push back on attacks on the First Amendment.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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