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Leak Investigation May Violate Congressional Spending Ban

July 31, 2006

The Government Accountability Project (GAP) today commented that the Bush administration’s ongoing “leak investigation,” opened to identify and prosecute the individuals who disclosed the existence of a domestic surveillance program, may violate a congressional spending ban commonly known as the “anti-gag statute.” 

GAP Statement Regarding SEC Actions

July 21, 2006

Morgan Stanley announced today that the SEC has now decided to take the testimony of Mr. John Mack in the Pequot investigation. The evidence pointed in this direction 13 months ago, evidence which Mr. Gary Aguirre shared with his supervisors at the time. When Aguirre suggested that a subpoena be issued for Mack’s testimony, his supervisor refused, stating that Mack had powerful political connections. Over the next two months, Aguirre informed every link in the chain of command of his supervisor’s decision. He had no success in obtaining their approval to take Mack’s testimony.

GAP Statement Regarding Gary Aguirre Case

July 17, 2006

Last Friday, July 14, Gary Aguirre filed a federal lawsuit against the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy act seeking three categories of records – all relating to his recent testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The first category seeks records such as transcripts of testimony, internal emails, and correspondence relating to the SEC decision to halt an insider trading investigation Aguirre led.

Gary Aguirre To Testify Before Senate Judiciary Committee Tomorrow

June 27, 2006

Gary Aguirre, a client of GAP Attorney Joanne Royce, will testify tomorrow, Wednesday, June 28, before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. 

The hearing is entitled “Hedge Funds and Analysts: How Independent is their Relationship?” It is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. in room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. 

GAP Releases DOE Plan to Dissolve Office of Environment, Safety and Health

June 26, 2006

The Government Accountability Project (GAP) has released a controversial Department of Energy (DOE) plan that proposes dissolving the Office of Environment, Safety and Health (ESH) and eliminating that office’s Assistant Secretary. This plan proposes to merge part of ESH with another DOE Office overseeing security, while dispersing the rest of the ESH functions over five other offices.

Senate Approves Whistleblower Rights Breakthrough

June 23, 2006
Legislation Added to Defense Bill Would Restore Free Speech Rights Canceled by Supreme Court for Federal Government Workers on the Job
 

GAP Statement Regarding Gary Aguirre

June 23, 2006

In a front-page article in today’s New York Times, Gary Aguirre, a client of GAP Attorney Joanne Royce, was identified as the S.E.C. lawyer who ran an investigation of Pequot Capital Management, a major hedge fund, until last summer. 

Press Advisory: Groups Question DOE’s Announcement of Possible Dismantling of Office of Environment, Safety & Health

June 19, 2006

Numerous groups are questioning the Department of Energy’s (DOE) plan to dismantle its Office of Environment, Safety & Health (ES&H). The safety and health responsibilities of that office would be transferred to another office that deals mostly with security and eliminate senior leadership provided by an Assistant Secretary. The Secretary of Energy embraced the concept at an all hands meeting last week, but DOE is refusing to release details or a rationale.

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