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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.