Happening now: 📺 The House Oversight Committee is holding a hearing on improving accountability + transparency in our government.

We’re especially excited about 3 topics it’ll cover:
1️⃣Inspectors general
3️⃣Vacancies & acting officials

🕵️‍♂️Inspectors general identify waste, fraud & abuse across the federal gov’t, saving millions of 💵 per year.

But reforms are needed to protect IGs from political retaliation, ensure they’re empowered to follow the facts independently, + give Congress transparency for oversight.
Whistleblowers likewise notify authorities like Congress of wrongdoing across government.

Yet a lack of protections against retaliation + ways to vindicate their rights makes it harder for patriotic employees to blow the whistle on waste, fraud & abuse. thefulcrum.us/government-eth…
The Framers chose Senate confirmation of presidential appointees as another key way to keep our gov’t accountable to the people.

But in recent decades, presidents of both parties have bypassed Congress by relying increasingly on unconfirmed, acting officials they hand pick.
We applaud @RepMaloney & House Oversight for highlighting these important issues and the need for reform.

3 bills we support—the Whistleblower Protection Improvement Act, the IG Independence Act, and the Accountability for Acting Officials Act—would go a long way.
Those bills are all part of the Protecting Our Democracy Act, a suite of reforms aimed at curbing executive abuses and empowering Congress by strengthening accountability and transparency.

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