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 […]

CoA Institute Sues OMB, Compelling it to Take Transparency Policy Seriously

Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) has sued the White House Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) for failing to respond to two petitions for rulemaking that CoA Institute submitted to the agency.  These two petitions—both aimed at increasing government transparency—were filed during the Obama Administration but were ignored. One […]

Cause of Action Institute Sues White House OMB Over Failure to Act on Transparency Rules

Washington, DC – Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) today filed a lawsuit against the White House Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) for failing to act on two petitions for rulemaking submitted well over a year ago. Both petitions ask OMB to take its transparency obligations seriously and enact […]

Washington Examiner: Earmarks never went away — they changed addresses

Cause of Action began investigating executive branch earmarks in December 2011, when the group sent FOIA requests to 21 agencies to track down grants.

Federalist Society Teleforum: Redressing Politicized Spending

Cause of Action’s Dan Epstein discusses politicized spending by the Executive Branch during a September 10, 2014 Federalist Society Teleforum. Read more about the phenomenon of Executive Branch earmarks and the transparency problems that persist at

Cause of Action Launches Online Resource:

Cause of Action launched a new online resource today for those concerned about political influence on discretionary spending:

Federalist Society Engage Journal: Redressing Politicized Spending

Redressing Politicized Spending Engage Volume 15, Issue 1 February 2014 March 25, 2014 Daniel Z. Epstein Read the full piece: Federalist Society In 2007, the Bush White House sent senior political officials to brief political appointees in federal agencies on how they could help steer federal funds to favor Republican […]