Government

53 Journalism Groups Ask Obama To End Press Office Blockades

SEJ, which has complained about press-office restrictions for years, joined over 50 other journalism groups in signing an Aug 10, 2015 letter requesting government transparency — again. The groups had sent a letter to the White House in July 2014, a followup in Aug 2014, resulting in a non-response response from the WH later that month.

Park Service to Big Water: We’ll Find Our Own Money, Thanks

"First, the National Park Service said it would cut back on selling its visitors bottled water to reduce the litter left behind. Now, Congress — under pressure from the powerful bottled water industry — is threatening to cut off the federal money the Park Service is using to replace the disposable plastic water bottles with refilling stations."

Source: Wash Post, 08/04/2015
August 3, 2015

U.S. EPA Media Call on Clean Power Plan, 4 P.M.

Join the EPA's on-the-record media conference call with Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, on the Clean Power Plan. The call is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. EDT, but EPA is expecting alot of interest so is advising journalists to start calling in at 3:30.

New York Times Editorial Calls for Release of CRS Reports

The WatchDog has long whined about Congress' mystifying refusal to let taxpayers read Congressional Research Service reports the taxpayers have paid for. A June 17, 2015, editorial in the New York Times called the situation "absurd," expressing hope that a new director of the Library of Congress (home of the CRS) would manage to get the policy changed.

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