Archives for February 2018

NOAA FOIA Response Suggests Refusal to Search Council Member Email Accounts for Records on At-Sea Monitoring Amendment

Earlier this month, Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) filed an administrative appeal of a final response by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (“NOAA”) to CoA Institute’s Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request concerning NOAA’s efforts to expand industry funded at-sea monitoring—specifically, to the herring and mackerel fisheries—and to […]

17 Groups Urge Trump Administration to End Unlawful IRS Practice of Dodging Oversight

Washington, D.C. – Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) today led a coalition of 17 organizations in sending a letter to President Trump and senior administration officials urging them to hold the IRS accountable by working to end the agency’s practice of dodging oversight of its rules. CoA Institute recently […]

CoA Institute Calls on HUD Watchdog to Pull Flawed FOIA Rule

Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) has sent a public letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) to request that the agency watchdog recall and revise its recent direct final rule implementing changes to its Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) regulations.  Specifically, […]

VA Travel Fraud Shows Even Reformers Can Misuse Government Power

There is little doubt that recent reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs represent remarkable progress.  Last year saw the appointment of a new head for the agency, David Shulkin, and the passage of legislation giving him the power to start implementing badly-needed changes.  It was a lesson in how […]

Investigation Update: OPM Provides Deficient FOIA Response on Congressional Oversight Policy

For the past year, Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) has been investigating rumors that the Trump Administration is directing federal agencies to ignore congressional oversight requests from Democratic legislators.  Various reports (here and here), which detail contentious interactions between congressional staffs and employees at the General Services Administration (“GSA”) […]

Treasury and OMB are Reconsidering IRS Oversight Exemption

I’ve been writing about the series of self-created exemptions the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has been using to evade oversight of its rulemakings.  One of those exemptions is tied to White House review pursuant to Executive Order 12,866 at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.  Today, for the first […]

CoA Institute Files Opening Brief in Appeal of Decision that Imperils Low Cost Children’s Clothing to Families

Washington, D.C. – Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) today filed its opening brief in the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging a district court ruling issued last September that wrongly found that consignors who also volunteer at children’s clothing consignment events must be considered employees under the […]