Sending Office: Honorable Tom O’Halleran
Demand OMB Director Mulvaney Comply With Ethics Request
CLOSING COB TODAY
Current Signers: Lynch, Capuano, Polis, Gallego, Danny K. Davis, Cohen, Payne, Vargas
As you may know, a New York Times report this week unearthed, through a Freedom of Information Act request, a letter from Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney to the Director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) regarding
the office’s request for copies of all ethics waivers issued by the executive branch. The letter urges OGE to “stay” their request and expresses doubt over OGE’s authority. OGE issued the request in response to the White House failing to disclose waivers publicly,
with reports of high-ranking officials receiving secret waivers in violation of ethics rules.
OGE has issued a
response to Director Mulvaney, confirming what we already know – that OGE is well within its bounds in requesting copies of all waivers.
Mulvaney’s letter to OGE effectively constitutes a form of intimidation to federal agencies and undermines the office’s mission, as articulated by the former acting director of OGE during the George W. Bush administration who called the letter “unprecedented
and extremely troubling”.
Please join me in sending a letter to Director Mulvaney expressing concern and disappointment over his letter, and urging the Trump Administration to comply with OGE’s request for all waivers issued to appointees by the original June 1 deadline. Transparency
and accountability should not be a partisan issue.
To sign on to the letter, please contact Xenia Ruiz in my office (Xenia.Ruiz@mail.house.gov) by COB today, May 23rd.
Member of Congress