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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 2, 2010: Alaska, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, and Wyoming have failed in the last year to make progress toward fully disclosing state contracting information online, according to a survey issued today by Ralph Nader’s Center for the Study of Responsive Law (CSRL).
Contracts (pdf) The Center for the Study of Responsive Law (CSRL) surveyed1 the online availability of state government contracting information for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The CSRL examined the following: Do states provide any online information about the contracts they issue? Is the information presented in a format that will allow … Read more
Contracts 2010 (pdf) In 2009, the Center for the Study of Responsive Law (CSRL) surveyed the online availability of state government contracting information for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The CSRL examined the following: Do states provide any online information about the contracts they issue? Is the information presented in a format … Read more
Ralph Nader and a coalition of consumer, privacy and civil rights groups today urged Senator Joseph Lieberman and Rep. Bennie Thompsonto demand that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stop the deployment of full-body scanning security devices in US airports until an independent review of the devices’ health effects, effectiveness and privacy safeguards is completed.
One of the most important measures we can advance to protect consumers and taxpayers is embodied in an amendment drafted by Senator Charles Schumer. Senator Schumer’s amendment (SA 3772) provides a facility to establish an independent non-governmental nonprofit Financial Consumers’ Association (FCA). FCA has broad support from leading consumer organizations. Given the powerful influence of … Read more
The “Financial Consumers Association Act of 2010″
The text of the Financial Consumers Association Act of 2010
Senate Amendment 3772 follows:
The Financial Consumers’ Association Over the last ten years the financial industry has spent, through lobbying expenditures and campaign contributions, over $5 billion pushing for and winning deregulation. This deregulation has come at a huge cost to taxpayers and consumers who currently have little voice in the regulatory debate. To protect consumers and to forestall … Read more
Leading National Consumer Groups (Consumer Union , National Consumer Law Center, Public Citizen, Consumer Federation of America, National Association of Consumer Advocates, USPIRG) support Financial Consumers’ Association (FCA) Letter follows: December 21, 2009 Senator Chris Dodd Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs 448 Russell Building Washington, DC 20510 Congressman Barney Frank Committee on Financial … Read more
Action Plan for the Future March 2010(pdf) For over 200 years, the Postal Service has fulfilled its mission to deliver trusted, affordable service to the nation. Its business model worked well because mail volume increased steadily as the nation grew. In recent years, however, as customer preferences have rapidly evolved and new technology has changed … Read more