Congressional Inquiries into the VA are the First Steps Towards Reforming the Agency

We recently published a blog post urging newly confirmed Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) Secretary Robert Wilkie to mitigate the cultural plagues preventing the VA from operating as the functional and ethically organized agency that our veterans deserve.  Reports published last month from the Washington Post and the U.S. Government […]

EPA Jobs Loss Evaluations Update

Late last year, CoA submitted an amicus brief in the case of Murray Energy v. EPA.  The brief supported Murray Energy’s cert. petition seeking review of its case before the Supreme Court.  The Murray Energy case centered on employment evaluations required under Section 321(a) of the Clean Air Act. A […]

CoA Institute Joins Amicus Brief Challenging Qualified Immunity

Washington, DC – July 19, 2018 – Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) has joined a Supreme Court amicus brief in support of the petitioner seeking a writ of certiorari in Allah v. Milling. The brief argues that qualified immunity denies justice to victims of government misconduct, imposes prohibitive and unjustified costs […]

OMB Confirms Agencies Required to Disclose Earmarks, Declines to Enforce

The White House Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) has confirmed that all executive branch agencies are required to disclose attempts by congressional and other outside force to influence the merit-based decision-making process for federal spending.  These efforts to earmark federal spending must be disclosed on agency websites within thirty […]

Department of Labor Denies FOIA Appeal After Nearly Four Years, and Unilaterally Narrows the Scope of the Request, Despite OGIS Intervention

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently denied CoA Institute’s long-pending Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) appeal concerning records of consultations between DOL and the Office of the White House Counsel (“OWHC”) on any documents containing “White House equities.”  CoA Institute filed its request on November 26, 2013 and its appeal […]

Federal District Court Excuses IRS’s Refusal to Search for Email Records Concerning White House Interference with the FOIA

Last week, Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order denying Cause of Action Institute’s (“CoA Institute”) cross-motion for summary judgment in a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) brought against the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”).  The opinion was long awaited—summary judgment briefing […]