A coalition of outside groups led by the Senior Executives Association has asked U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. to enjoin the federal government against implementing section 11 of the law, as applied to federal financial disclosure forms for senior officials within the executive branch to be posted on the Internet. The information in the reports would be used in the creation of a searchable database of information about the financial holdings of federal employees earning $119,554 per year or more.
Williams previously turned back a Justice Department effort to have the entire case dismissed, but he did say that some parts of the underlying complaint were not yet ripe. It was not immediately clear if Congressional action would be sufficient to negate the court proceedings.
In April 5 letters to top Congressional leaders, the Office of Government Ethics joined others’ calls to indefinitely delay the online posting of information, concurring with the National Academy of Public Administration report.
Emma Dumain and Sarah Chacko contributed to this report.
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.