Congress votes to shield top officials’ financial disclosures

Congress this week approved a bill to free thousands of federal government employees from having to disclose their financial dealings online, rushing the bill through the Senate late Thursday and through the House on Friday.

But the push to undo the online reporting requirement is proving to be controversial.

The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) said that posting all of that information online posed a national security risk. But the Sunlight Foundation, an open government group, said releasing staffers from online disclosure eviscerates part of last year's Stock Act, designed to stop insider trading by federal officials...


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