January 8, 2009 |
After an hour of lively debate, the Loudoun Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday not to require the business leaders who advise county officials on economic development issues to file financial disclosure statements. In three separate votes, the board rejected proposals by Supervisor James Burton (I-Blue Ridge) that would have required such statements from members of the county's CEO Cabinet, its Economic Development Commission and an ad hoc committee studying a possible marketing agreement between the county and the Washington Redskins.
April 6, 2009
The Post justifiably condemned Catherine DeAngelis, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, for seeking to silence the whistleblower who revealed that the author of a drug study had failed to disclose his financial ties to the drug's manufacturer ["JAMA's Hush-Up," editorial , March 31]. But she's also a victim. Editors at most scientific journals are occasionally misled by researchers with industry ties. No wonder a growing portion of the public agrees that, as the editorial said, "if the information in...
June 11, 2013 |
INFORMATION CAN be efficiency's best friend. The more that participants in the marketplace know about the true costs and benefits of various goods and services, and about the behavior of other individuals and firms, the easier it is for them to get the most for their money. The U.S. health-care system notoriously lacks transparency, which may be a reason why it produces poorer results at higher cost than do systems elsewhere. So one of the more encouraging recent developments in health care has been the Obama administration's...
July 16, 2009 |
The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday proposed new rules to require local governments issuing municipal bonds, which are used to fund hospitals, roads and schools, to give investors new information about key risks and developments affecting their investments. The municipal bond market, valued at more than $2 trillion, is a popular destination for investors because the returns are often tax-free. More than 70 percent of municipal bonds are owned by individual investors, either directly or through funds.
June 22, 2012 |
Last week, in the face of alarming harassment and intimidation of Americans actively engaged in the political process, I spoke out on the need for those on the right and the left to oppose these tactics. My main target was the Obama administration's attempts to single out its critics through federal agencies such as the Federal Communications Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Department of Health and Human Services, and even through a proposed...
March 21, 2011 |
The Federal Communications Commission should require sponsors of political advertising to disclose their biggest financial backers to the public, according to a petition filed Tuesday by a public-interest law firm. The Media Access Project , which advocates on behalf of consumers in telecommunications issues, argues that the FCC has interpreted federal law too narrowly when it comes to disclosures for political ads. Under current rules, some of which date back to the 1940s,...