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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Mark Zaid testifies in the House


Ethics & the Executive Branch

Today, Chairman Waxman introduced two bills to increase government transparency and encourage the discovery of waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer money. Today’s hearing provided an opportunity for the Committee to focus on the issues of lobbying and ethics reform in the executive branch. The Committee heard from noted experts and academics on these issues.

The Executive Branch Reform Act is a comprehensive reform measure that would increase transparency in the executive branch by requiring senior government officials to report significant contacts with lobbyist. The WB Protection Enhancement Act would for the first time extend whistleblower protections to national security officials and employees of federal contractors.

Watch Chairman Henry Waxman’s opening remarks:

Transcript (pdf)

Watch Mark Zaid, Esq., who has served as the attorney for “Able Danger” whistleblowers, give his opening statement on the need for reform on whistleblower protections and executive branch classification privileges:

The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2007

The Executive Branch Reform Act of 2007