Reports


August 12, 2014
Making Sure Targeting Never Happens: Getting Politics Out of the IRS and Other Solutions

The report includes 15 proposals to address politicization of the IRS, including: ·         Replacing the IRS Commissioner with a multi-member, bipartisan commission ·         Removing the IRS as a regulator of political speech for social-welfare groups ·         Allowing taxpayers, and not the IRS, to control access to their confidential taxpayer information ·         Creating a private right…

July 28, 2014
ObamaCare’s Taxpayer Bailout of Health Insurers and the White House’s Involvement to Increase Bailout Size

Key Findings: -          An insurance company CEO appealed directly to Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, after the Administration signaled its intent in March 2014 to implement the Risk Corridor program in a budget neutral manner. Chet Burrell,…

June 19, 2014
Leadership Failure at Chemical Safety Board Jeopardizes Agency Mission, Puts Safety at Risk

Chairman Moure-Eraso and Horowitz created a toxic work environment that resulted in the departure of at least nine experienced employees from the CSB. Because experienced employees left CSB, investigations dragged on for years.

June 16, 2014
Pressure from the Left Led the IRS and DOJ to Restrict Freedom of Speech

The President’s political rhetoric in opposition to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and conservative nonprofits engaged in political speech led to the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of tax-exempt applicants.

June 10, 2014
Systemic Waste and Abuse at the Social Security Administration: How Rubber-Stamping Disability Judges Cost Hundreds of Billions of Taxpayer Dollars

Between 2005 and 2013, over 1.3 million people were placed on the program by ALJs with an annual allowance rate in excess of 75 percent. During that period, the overall allowance rate for ALJs was 65.8 percent, a seemingly high average allowance rate for cases that have already been denied.

May 29, 2014
Report: DOJ’s Operation Choke Point Secretly Pressured Banks to Cut Ties with Legal Business

Key Findings ·         Operation Choke Point was created by the Justice Department to “choke out” companies the Administration considers a “high risk” or otherwise objectionable, despite the fact that they are legal businesses.  The goal of the initiative is to deny these merchants access to the banking and payments networks…

Joint Staff Report: Pseudo-Classification of Executive Branch Documents: Problems with the Transportation Security Administration’s Use of the Sensitive Security Information Designation

Specifically, the investigative report found: ·         Problems with TSA’s application of the SSI designation date back to 2004, including inconsistent application of the designation. ·         TSA improperly designated certain information as SSI in order to avoid its public release. ·         TSA has repeatedly released information to the public against the…

April 7, 2014
Debunking the Myth that the IRS Targeted Progressives

How the IRS and Congressional Democrats Misled America about  Disparate Treatment  Among the key findings of the report: IRS’s three “test” cases were all conservative organizations: Prescott Tea Party, American Junto, the Albuquerque Tea Party. (pp. 14-18) Congressional Democrats made misleading claims about the targeting. Democratic Members of Congress, including…

March 11, 2014
Lois Lerner’s Involvement in the IRS Targeting of Tax-Exempt Organizations

Key Document Based Highlights (documents and testimony in appendix): Tea Party “itching for a Constitutional challenge:” Lerner and her colleagues, after being under public pressure from President Obama and other Democrats, engaged in an e-mail exchange about how they could showcase their scrutiny of a Tea Party applicant for public disclosure,…

February 26, 2014
Staff Report: Limitless Surveillance at the FDA: Protecting the Rights of Federal Whistleblowers

Key Findings: Insufficient authorization and guidelines. The monitoring was implemented with insufficient written authorization, no policy in place and no legal guidance given to the contractors conducting the monitoring. As a result, FDA captured communications that are protected by law, including communications with Congress, the media, and watchdog groups like…