Homeland Security’s Failed Attempt to Pervert the Freedom of Information Act Process

By: Saturday January 19, 2013 11:30 am

Over a week ago, a federal judge ruled documents the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was ordered to produce in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit could not be subjected to a protective order.

The development has received minimal attention, but the case seems important, as the government sought to use an innovative tactic to provide documents it owed an organization while at the same time preventing the public from reading the documents. Had the judge allowed the protective order or “clawback,” it would have been a complete perversion of FOIA.

 

EPA Suspends BP From New Federal Government Contracts

By: Wednesday November 28, 2012 1:20 pm

The Environmental Protection Agency has temporarily suspended BP from any new contracts with the federal government. In a statement, the EPA attributes this action to “BP’s lack of business integrity as demonstrated by the company’s conduct with regard to the Deepwater Horizon blowout, explosion, oil spill, and response, as reflected by the filing of a criminal information.”

McCain/Graham/Ayotte Tour to Stop Defense Cuts Held at Defense Contractor Sites

By: Tuesday August 14, 2012 6:40 pm

Senator’s McCain, Graham and Ayotte have been lobbying against the sequester defense budget cuts, but there’s a question about their use of facilities of military defense contractors to make their pitches, especially when the contractor’ PACs contribute to their campaigns.

Defense Contractors Plan to Go Forward With Layoff Notices

By: Friday August 10, 2012 10:40 am

It looks like several defense contractors will side with high-profile Republicans and ignore the Department of Labor guidance, and send out layoff notices to thousands of their employees four days before the election. At least two contractors will press ahead.

Republicans Encourage Defense Contractors to Issue Layoff Notices Before the Election

By: Wednesday August 8, 2012 12:45 pm

Defense contractors have come up with a particularly devious way to undermine the automatic cuts to the military budget in a way that could impact the Presidential election. Under the Worker Adjustment, Retraining and Notification (WARN) Act of 1988, government employees must be notified 60 days in advance of any layoffs. Defense contractors are taking that to mean that they must give such pink slips to practically their entire workforce, consisting of hundreds of thousands of employees, to comply with the law. This is notably one of the first times that a government contractor has ever proactively complied with the WARN Act, they typically must be hounded to warn their workers. But this would have the effect of freaking out politicians with the threat of massive layoff notices four days before the 2012 election (60 days from the trigger enactment date of January 2 would be November 2, the Friday before the election).

WAPO Runs Another Piece About Defense Contractors Unhappy About Being Thrown Off Welfare

By: Thursday July 19, 2012 5:32 pm

Apparently military contractors hold an especially warm place in the hearts of the Washington Post editors. How else can one explain another story devoted to the fact that they will lose money and reduce employment if the military cuts slated to go into effect in January actually occur?

Fiscal Slope Stories: Defense Industry Propaganda and the Dangers of “Tax Reform”

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 7:08 am

Pressure for “tax reform” from self-interested business groups will unquestionably lead to a bad outcome. Jared Bernstein points to a paper from his colleagues at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which warns of the dangers of putting the cart before the horse in the name of tax reform

Military-Industrial Complex Doles Out Threats on Trigger Cuts

By: Thursday June 14, 2012 2:44 pm

I noted this morning that some defense establishmentarians have reached the “bargaining stage” on the trigger cuts, trying to get out of the situation with minimal but tangible damage to the military budget.

Not everyone is there yet.

Defense Trigger Cuts Would Also Hit War in Afghanistan

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 5:18 pm

A widely noticed article yesterday suggested that some Republicans would be willing to look at revenue-raising closures of tax loopholes to avoid the automatic cuts to defense programs, the so-called “trigger.” That followed an Administration decision that any automatic cuts would include funding for the war in Afghanistan.

NBC Willfully Undermines Chris Hayes With Today Show Segment

By: Tuesday May 29, 2012 2:50 pm

I haven’t fully weighed in on Chris Hayes’ segment from Sunday about the use of concepts like heroism and valor when discussing the US military, and I’m not sure I have to. Conor Friedersdorf, a conservative, says most of what needs to be said here. Meanwhile, NBC shamelessly invited guests to attack Hayes while misrepresenting what he said.

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