Archives for October 2017

Transparency Groups: Finalize “Release to One, Release to All” FOIA Policy

Cause of Action Institute and Sunlight Foundation file petition to advance rule that would promote broad disclosure of agency records Washington, DC – Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) today joined the Sunlight Foundation in filing a petition for rulemaking demanding the Trump administration move forward with a rule to […]

Newest TIGTA Review Shows Broader Extent of Political Targeting by IRS

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a proposed consent order settling a federal case in which scores of organizations allege that the IRS violated their rights to free speech, free association, and equal protection of the law when it screened their applications for tax-exempt status on the basis of […]

CoA Institute Applauds Senate Vote to Kill Harmful CFPB Arbitration Rule

Washington, DC – Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) today commended a Senate vote to kill a rule by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) that would have banned arbitration clauses in consumer contracts for financial products. Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote to reject the rule under […]

The IRS scandal has not disappeared – it’s gotten worse (The Hill)

The IRS scandal has not disappeared – it’s gotten worse BY JOHN MCGLOTHLIN, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 10/20/17 Judging by the reaction of many elected officials and media outlets, the latest report on the IRS targeting scandal is cause for relief. But a closer look shows the opposite is true – by […]

DHS Watchdog Claims Political Appointees No Longer Politicizing FOIA

One of the earliest transparency scandals of the Obama Administration erupted in 2010 when the Associated Press discovered that officials at the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) had, “in a highly irregular move,” started to “filter hundreds of public records requests through political appointees, allowing them to examine what was […]

Congress should reject flawed Back the Blue Act

On May 16, 2017, Representative Ted Poe (R-Texas) introduced the Back the Blue Act in Congress.[1]  The bill has since been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.  The Back the Blue Act of 2017 (“BBA”) creates new federal crimes for killing and assaulting police officers—conduct that is already illegal under […]

Examiner: Company battles Labor Department for right to keep ‘volunteer’ workers

Company battles Labor Department for right to keep ‘volunteer’ workers by Sean Higgins | Oct 17, 2017 Consignment store Rhea Lana said Tuesday it would appeal a federal court ruling that sided with the Labor Department and ruled that the company is run by employees who must be paid, and are not volunteers […]