How the “Most Transparent Administration Ever” Worsens Transparency with Transparency Effort

By: Thursday March 31, 2011 5:51 am

The Director of National Intelligence has floated a “shockingly bad” proposal on how much review GAO will be permitted within the intelligence community. According to Steven Aftergood, because the proposal defines the intelligence community broadly, it might result in the loss of GAO review in agencies like DOD and State. The Director of National Intelligence [...]

James Clapper Continues to Express Willingness to Allow GAO to Review Intelligence

By: Friday October 22, 2010 9:22 am

I have been pretty critical of Obama’s appointment of James Clapper to be Director of National Intelligence. And while I still have my concerns about Clapper’s close ties to the Intelligence Industrial Complex, I am heartened by Steven Aftergood’s report that Clapper continues to express a willingness to allow GAO to review intelligence functions. DNI [...]

GAO Audits and Poppy Bush’s Covert World

By: Sunday August 8, 2010 8:28 am

Steven Aftergood has an important update on the continuing saga of whether or not GAO can conduct investigations of intelligence activities. He explores the source of current restrictions on GAO review: a 1988 OLC opnion written by Douglas Kmiec. The current dispute between the Obama Administration and some members of Congress over whether to strengthen [...]

Nancy Pelosi: How Dare the Administration Say they Would Veto Intelligence Reform?

By: Monday July 26, 2010 8:53 pm

In a an interview with me on intelligence reform on Saturday, Speaker Pelosi suggested that the White House should either accept real reform of the oversight function–including some version of House amendments on GAO review of intelligence programs and expanded intelligence briefing beyond the Gang of Four–or accept full responsibility if anything goes wrong with [...]

Obama’s Intelligence Leaders: For GAO Oversight Before They Were Against It

By: Wednesday March 17, 2010 10:19 am

Yesterday, we talked about how Rahm Emanuel opposed indefinite detention before he started working for it with Lindsey Graham. Today, Steven Aftergood shows that Obama’s two intelligence heads, Leon Panetta and Dennis Blair, supported GAO oversight of intelligence activities before–presumably–they supported yesterday’s veto threat of GAO oversight. As a Congressman in 1987, Leon Panetta actually [...]

GAO: Advanced Hybrids May Not Be Best Way for GM to Rebound

By: Thursday April 23, 2009 1:15 pm

GAO says that advanced technology cars may not have the ROI GM needs to become profitable again.

Some Perspective on the Bush Administration Fight Against Terrorism

By: Thursday April 17, 2008 3:19 pm

A timeline to show the Bush Administration’s relative priorities in the fight against terrorism.

GAO to White House: We Hate to Say We Told You So, But We Told You So

By: Thursday January 17, 2008 2:11 pm

The NYT had a story yesterday reporting that the Iraqis just can’t seem to spend its aide money as quickly as it’s supposed to be spending it.What the NYT doesn’t say, though, is that the GAO itself also reported on how much money Iraq had spent, in its report issued just before Petraeus’ dog and pony show. In fact, the benchmark of whether Iraq was spending its money as quickly it was supposed to was one of the ones on which the GAO and the Administration disagreed. Whereas the GAO declared that Iraq had “partially met” its goal to spend $10 billion on reconstruction, the Administration declared Iraq’s progress “satisfactory.”

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