Description : This report examines the operations of the White House Office of Political Affairs during the Bush Admin. It finds that the White House used the Political Affairs office to orchestrate an aggressive strategy to use taxpayer-funded trips to help elect Republican candidates for public office. From Jan. 1, 2006, until the mid-term elections on Nov. 7, 2006, cabinet secretaries and other senior officials traveled to over 300 events recommended by the Political Affairs office. All of these events were held with Republican candidates, and in most cases, the travel costs were paid for with fed. funds. Charts and tables.
Description : This report presents the U.S. Office of Special Counsel's (OSC) investigative findings regarding White House Office of Political Affairs (OPA) employees conducting political briefings for agency political appointees during work hours and in the federal workplace. OSC's investigation eventually expanded to examine other Hatch Act concerns involving OPA employees and agency political appointees. The activities investigated by OSC occurred during President George W. Bush's administration (Bush II). In addition, OSC explains its findings and legal conclusions, and recommends certain practices and regulatory amendments that OSC believes should be adopted to ensure future compliance with the Hatch Act. Illus. This is a print on demand report.
Description : This report presents the U.S. Office of Special Counsel's (OSC) investigative findings regarding White House Office of Political Affairs (OPA) employees conducting political briefings for agency political appointees during work hours and in the federal workplace. OSC's investigation eventually expanded to examine other Hatch Act concerns involving OPA employees and agency political appointees. The activities investigated by OSC occurred during President George W. Bush's administration (BushII).
Description : The Politics of the Presidency maintains a balance between historical context and contemporary scholarship on the executive branch, providing a solid foundation for any presidency course. Get the most up-to-date coverage and analysis in this comprehensive and accessible text. Authors Joseph A. Pika and John Anthony Maltese are joined for the Ninth Edition by noted scholar Andrew Rudalevige as they present a thorough analysis of the change and continuity in the presidency during Barack Obama's two terms in an entrenched partisan environment, discuss the competitive setting for the upcoming 2016 election, and look at the challenges and opportunities a new president will soon face.
Description : In order to be effective, federal ethics law must address sources of systematic corruption rather than simply address motives that individual government employees might have to betray the public trust (such as personal financial holdings or family relationships). Getting the Government America Deserves articulates a general approach to combating systemic corruption as well as some specific proposals for doing so. Federal ethics law is relatively unknown in legal academia and elsewhere outside of Washington, D.C., but it is binding on over one million federal employees. Lobbyists, federal contractors, lawyers and others who interact with the federal government are also deeply interested in federal ethics law and represent a surprisingly large market for a little-studied area of the law. Getting the Government America Deserves analyzes government ethics law from the perspective of an academic critic and that of a lawyer who was the chief White House ethics lawyer for two and a half years. Richard Painter argues that the existing ethics regime is in need of substantial reform since federal ethics laws fail to curtail conduct that undermines the integrity of government, such as political activity by federal employees and their interaction with lobbyists and interest groups. He also contends that in some other areas, such as personal financial conflicts of interest, there is too much complexity in regulatory and reporting requirements, and rules need to be simplified. Painter's solution includes strengthening the enforcement of ethics rules, reforming the lobbying industry, and changing a system of campaign finance that impedes meaningful government ethics reform.