Government Accountability

Vox: Rep. Katie Porter quizzed the postmaster general about the mail. He didn’t do great.

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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testified before the House Oversight Committee Monday that he came to the United States Postal Service to apply his experience in logistics to help the USPS “grow and evolve in the path of sustainability.” But during the hearing, he revealed that he’s still a tad unfamiliar with the agency he is set to reform. That came out in questioning from Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA... Read more »

Reps. Porter, Speier, and Rooney Launch Bipartisan Effort to Ramp Up Accountability for the Pentagon

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WASHINGTON—Representatives Katie Porter (CA-45), Jackie Speier (CA-14), and Francis Rooney (FL-19) announced a bipartisan proposal yesterday that would increase public accountability for the Pentagon. Their measure requires the Department of Defense to put all unclassified reports on a publicly accessible website. Each year, the Pentagon is required to report on dozens of topics ranging from proje... Read more »

Rep. Porter, Sen. Harris Blast Trump Administration for Hiding Data on Small Business Grants

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) and U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (CA) today blasted the Trump Administration for withholding information from the public about a $650 billion program intended to support small businesses. The two demanded release of data about who is receiving forgivable loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and in what amounts. “Millions of Americans ... Read more »

Rep. Porter, Sen. Harris Demand Better Oversight of Coronavirus Bailout Money

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) and U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (CA) today called on Congressional leadership to remove a roadblock hampering oversight of taxpayer dollars going to large corporations. In a letter, Porter and Harris urged leaders of both parties to quickly appoint a Chairperson of the Congressional Oversight Commission, which oversees a $500 billion fund for ba... Read more »

Rep. Porter Introduces Bill to Increase Accountability for Small Business Relief Loans

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced legislation to increase transparency and accountability for a loan program aimed at providing relief for small businesses feeling the squeeze during the coronavirus pandemic. Her bill would require all loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to be made public. “The PPP is the last line of defense for millions of American work... Read more »

Orange County Register: Trump’s reliance on temps in key federal jobs sparks new bill from Rep. Katie Porter

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It will be tougher for President Donald Trump and his successors to appoint people to key federal positions without first getting Senate confirmation if a new bill from Rep. Katie Porter, D-Irvine, becomes law. Presidents have always appointed people to temporarily fill Cabinet secretary positions, ambassador seats and other roles that otherwise require Senate approval. But faced with above-averag... Read more »

Rep. Porter, Joined by House Committee Chairs, Introduces Bill to Crack Down on Unconfirmed Agency Officials

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced legislation to increase accountability for federal agency heads and other officials that have not been vetted by the Senate. Her Accountability for Acting Officials Act would limit who can serve as an “acting” official and for how long, closing various loopholes in the current law. The bill would also ramp up transparency and reporting... Read more »

Rep. Porter Report Blasts Trump Administration’s Mismanagement of Medical Supplies

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) has released a report showing that mask and ventilator exports from the United States increased dramatically in the early months of 2020. The report also revealed that President Trump's promised federal contracts for personal protective equipment and ventilators will not be completed until long after the peak of the coronavirus outbreak. “Congress must... Read more »

Rep. Porter Investigates Invasive Debt Collection Practices That Jeopardize Consumer Privacy

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today called out Trump Administration officials for a proposal that would enable debt collection practices that place patients’ private information at risk. The Administration’s new policy, which allows debt collectors to use unsecured means of communication, is particularly concerning for Americans with medical debt, as the lack of data security could... Read more »

Porter, Rose Introduce Bill to Bring Transparency, Accountability to Administration Family Members and Root Out Corruption

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) and Congressman Max Rose (NY-11) introduced the Transparency in Executive Branch Officials’ Finances Act as part of their continued efforts to root out corruption in Washington by requiring additional accountability and transparency measures for political appointees and direct family members of the President and Vice President. “This should not be a controversial... Read more »