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Senators Warren and Cummings Ask GAO to Review Trump Transition

News release: “United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, today sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a review of President-elect Donald Trump’s “chaotic” transition. The lawmakers asked GAO to examine conflicts of interest related to business holdings of Mr. Trump and his family, potential violations of protocol and national security concerns related to Mr. Trump’s communications with foreign leaders, and transparency related to the use of taxpayer funds in the transition.  Citing reports of “disarray” within a “chaotic” transition, Cummings and Warren raised concern about several aspects of the transition. They noted that despite Mr. Trump’s claims that he will set up a “blind trust” to manage his business interests, “To date, there has been no information released to the public indicating that Mr. Trump has prepared a blind trust.”  There have been several reports indicating that Mr. Trump or his family have not drawn a clear line between his Presidency and his company. “At this point, it is not clear if the line between Mr. Trump’s Presidency and his and business ventures is blurred-or entirely nonexistent,” they wrote. Cummings and Warren also asked GAO to assess potential national security concerns associated with Trump’s communications with foreign leaders, following reports that the President-elect has held conversations with foreign officials on his personal cell phone and has held diplomatic meetings with no State Department briefings…”

  • See also “Today, all Democratic Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Chairman Jason Chaffetz in support of Ranking Member Cummings’ request two weeks ago that the Oversight Committee immediately begin reviewing President-elect Donald Trump’s financial arrangements in order to identify and protect against conflicts of interest. Click here to read the letter…”

GAO Reports – Drug Compounding, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Hazardous Materials Rail Shipments, Youth with Autism

Certificated Expenditures: Executive Office of the President Fiscal Year 2015 Certificated Expenditures Were Spent for Authorized Purposes, GAO-17-116R: Published: Nov 17, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2016. Drug Compounding: FDA Has Taken Steps to Implement Compounding Law, but Some States and Stakeholders Reported Challenges, GAO-17-64: Published: Nov 17, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2016. Federal… Continue Reading

Prospects for DoD’s Budget Over the Next Decade

Presentation by David E. Mosher, Assistant Director for CBO’s National Security Division, at the Professional Services Council’s 2016 Vision Federal Market Forecast Conference.November 16, 2016. “Pressure on the Department of Defense’s budget in future years will come from external fiscal constraints as well as growth within the department in the costs of weapon systems, manpower,… Continue Reading

CRS – Intelligence Community Spending: Trends and Issues

Intelligence Community Spending: Trends and Issues, Anne Daugherty Miles, Analyst in Intelligence and National Security Policy. November 8, 2016. “This report examines Intelligence Community (IC) funding over the past several decades, with an emphasis on the period from 2007-2017—the period in which total national and military intelligence program (NIP and MIP) spending dollars have been publicly disclosed on an… Continue Reading

The Terrorist Screening Database and Preventing Terrorist Travel

CRS report via FAS – The Terrorist Screening Database and Preventing Terrorist Travel, Jerome P. Bjelopera, Specialist in Organized Crime and Terrorism, Bart Elias, Specialist in Aviation Policy, Alison Siskin, Specialist in Immigration Policy,  November 7, 2016. “After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the federal government developed a unified regimen to identify and… Continue Reading

DOD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

DOD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms as of 15 October 2016 “PREFACE – The DOD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms (or DOD Dictionary) sets forth standard US military and associated terminology to encompass the joint activity of the Armed Forces of the United States. These military and associated terms, together with their definitions,… Continue Reading

National Security Archive – CIA Releases Controversial Bay of Pigs History

“The CIA today released the long-contested Volume V of its official history of the Bay of Pigs invasion, which it had successfully concealed until now by claiming that it was a “draft” and could be withheld from the public under the FOIA’s “deliberative process” privilege. The National Security Archive fought the agency for years in… Continue Reading

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction – Corruption in Conflict

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Corruption in Conflict – Lessons From the U.S. Experience in Afghanistan, September 2016 – “Corruption in Conflict—the first in a series of lessons learned reports by SIGAR—examines how the U.S. government understood the risks of corruption in Afghanistan, how the U.S. response to corruption evolved, and the effectiveness of… Continue Reading

CRS – How Big Should the Army Be? Considerations for Congress

How Big Should the Army Be? Considerations for Congress. Lawrence Kapp, Coordinator, Specialist in Military Manpower Policy; Andrew Feickert, Specialist in Military Ground Forces; Kathleen J. McInnis, Analyst in International Security; Lynn M. Williams, Analyst in U.S. Defense Budget Policy. September 2, 2016. “Article I, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution vests Congress with broad… Continue Reading

Follow-up Audit – DOJ Implementation of and Compliance with Certain Classification Requirements

Via FAS – Office of the Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice, September 2016 – Follow-up Audit of the Department of Justice’s Implementation of and Compliance with Certain Classification Requirements “The OIG found that DOJ, through the Justice Management Division’s (JMD) Security and Emergency Planning Staff (SEPS), had established classification policies and procedures, but had… Continue Reading

SIGAR – Corruption in Conflict: Lessons from the U.S. Experience in Afghanistan

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction – SIGAR – Corruption in Conflict: Lessons from the U.S. Experience in Afghanistan September 2016: “is the first in a series of lessons learned reports planned to be issued by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The report examines how the U.S. government—primarily the Departments of Defense,… Continue Reading