Trump Administration Divestitures

Ethic rules require high-level officials to sell or otherwise divest themselves of financial entanglements that could cause conflicts of interest, and no one has more entanglements than the posh Trump Administration. When officials get rid of those entanglements, they file a Certificate of Divestiture...

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s Financial Disclosures

Former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai was a Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission under Obama, and has been promoted by Trump to Chairman of the FCC. Like all high-level officials, he has to file financial disclosures with the Office of Government Ethics. But the OGE posts...

DeVos $$ Watch

When high-level officials in the Executive Branch buy, sell, or transfer stock and other securities worth over $10,000, they have to file disclosures with the Office of Government Ethics. I’m keeping my eye out for any disclosures from Trump’s Cabinet, and on this particular...

Perry $$ Watch

High-level government officials have to file disclosures when they sell, transfer, or buy stock and other securities worth $10,000 or more. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry is worth $2 million, which makes him indigent by Trump Administration standards, but I’ll be posting his financial disclosures here...

Unpublished Humorous Poetry From WWII Crypto-Spies

PDF: Poetry from Arlington Hall Next door to the National Security Agency is their National Cryptologic Museum, which, unlike the CIA’s museum, is open to the public. Within this historical collection of signal-spy artifacts is a library. You can see the library’s extensive holdings in this...

Trump’s Ambassadors: Financial Disclosures

Nominees for high-level positions have to file financial disclosures and ethics agreements with the Office of Government Ethics. For some reason, the OGE posts these revealing documents for only the highest-paid officials. Ambassadors don’t earn enough to get posted, so their disclosures have to...

Mnuchin $$ Watch

High-level government officials have to file disclosures when they sell, transfer, or buy stock and other securities worth $10,000 or more. On this page I’ll be posting these forms as they’re filed by Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin (estimated worth: $500 million). On...

National Reconnaissance Office: Use of Social Media

National Reconnaissance Office social media documents [PDF \ 62 megs]   What are the policies for using Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and other social media and messaging apps at America’s spy-satellite agency, the National Reconnaissance Office? I filed a Freedom of Information Act request to find...