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Bipartisan Congressional Caucus Creates Culture for Transparency


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JL
- 506 days ago - citizenvox.org
Congressional oversight is a fundamental constitutional duty, and an important tool to detect problems in the government. Recognizing this, a bipartisan congressional Watchdog Caucus has launched with the goal of increasing oversight in government.



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JL A. (275)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 2:54 pm
Bipartisan congressional caucus creates culture for transparency

By: Keith Wrightson

Congressional oversight is a fundamental constitutional duty, and an important tool to detect problems in the government. Recognizing this, a bipartisan congressional Watchdog Caucus has launched with the goal of increasing oversight in government. The caucus’ purpose is to expose fraud, waste and abuse and will promote a more open government.

The Watchdog Caucus’ mission is one we fully endorse: promoting accountability of government employees and creating a culture of transparency and protecting taxpayer dollars.

The goal of the Watchdog Caucus is to empower watchdogs, wherever they are. Watchdogs include inspectors general, federal auditors, Freedom of Information Act officers, whistleblowers and transparency groups like Public Citizen, as well as private individuals.

Taxpayers need and deserve strong watchdogs to guard against waste, fraud and abuse. Watchdog Caucus co-chairs, Reps. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) both have a history of investigating abuse and fraud within the government. Speier has spent the last 29 years encouraging openness on all levels of government and promoting the rights and protections of whistleblowers and others who expose government waste and abuse. Coffman is the chair of the House Veterans’ Affairs subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

“Establishing the Watchdog Caucus is only the first step to get control of the abuses exposed by government watchdogs and to tap the expertise of experienced investigators,” wrote Speier and Coffman in a recent Politico op-ed. “Moving forward, we want to be champions of whistleblowers and a constituency for good government.”

For more about the Watchdog Caucus, visit its web site.

Keith Wrightson is Public Citizen’s workplace safety expert
 

Angelika R. (146)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 4:32 pm
wrote Speier and Coffman in a recent Politico op-ed. “Moving forward, we want to be champions of whistleblowers and a constituency for good government.”
Ok, good, START NOW and perhaps begin with the B Manning case. - thx JL !
 

Kit B. (277)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 5:07 pm

Indeed, we need to embrace whistle blowers not treat them as outcasts or arrest them to shut them up. What would have happened if we had not had Daniel Ellsberg?
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 5:18 pm
You are welcome Angelika. Excellent question Kit.
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Terry V. (30)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 5:26 pm


POLITICIANS SUCK!!!
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 7:19 pm
I will wait with bated breath to see how many people get caught with their hands in the cookie jar. Thanks J L And I agree with Terry, Kit and Angie.
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 7:25 pm
I hear you Terry--even those that headed to DC pristine seem to lose their clean when in there too long. You are welcome Tamara.You cannot currently send a star to Tamara because you have done so within the last day.
 

Micheael Kirkbym (85)
Monday April 8, 2013, 10:23 am
Here I thought Congress's job was to obfuscate and discredit people who exposed fraud and corruption to protect their corporate sponsors and controllers?
 

JL A. (275)
Monday April 8, 2013, 11:26 am
LOL Michael.You cannot currently send a star to Michael because you have done so within the last day.
 

Carol D. (109)
Monday April 8, 2013, 1:55 pm
Politicians or at least most of them are corrupt
 

JL A. (275)
Monday April 8, 2013, 3:39 pm
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