Functional Government Initiative


Building a Better Future for All Americans

Abuse of Government

Why do actions of the federal government exhibit so much dysfunction, often by default?


What is being done by the government to address skyrocketing prices?


How are government actions affecting access to reliable, domestic sources of energy?


Will infrastructure spending lead to economic growth?

Supply Chain

How is the federal government responding to the
supply chain crisis?


What can we learn from the government’s pandemic response?

March 5, 2024

(Washington, DC) –Watchdog Functional Government Initiative (FGI) has uncovered records exposing a blatant conflict of interest among a senior official at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) involved in the subsequent congressional investigation of the East Palestine train wreck. FGI has learned from FOIA documents that Deputy General Counsel for Environmental Programs and Oversight Natalia Sorgente worked for four months directly on the aftermath of the East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment before informing the department’s ethics office that her husband’s law firm represented the railroad responsible for the disaster.

The Norfolk Southern derailment and toxic chemical spill that occurred on February 3, 2023, was the centerpiece of national news coverage for nearly a month. On February 21, the EPA legally ordered Norfolk Southern to clean up the spill. Mrs. Sorgente, a Biden appointee, was involved in the EPA response as a senior member of the agency’s Solid Waste and Emergency Response Law Office (SWERLO) and through her “role working on Congressional oversight.” It was not until June 3, 2023, that she told the Ethics Office about her husband’s connection to the primary target of her agency’s investigation.

By Kevin Killough (Just The News)

May 3, 2024

Deb Haaland Thursday on allegations that her department allows environmental groups inappropriate levels of influence over policies.

Haaland had come to testify at a fiscal year 2025 budget request hearing of the Senate Natural Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

In the course of the tense exchange, Hawley asked Haaland about the Wilderness Society, which he said was a “left-wing environmentalist pressure group” funded in large part by Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss, “who has routed his money through all manner of dark money groups.”

Our Principles

We need a government that works for the people, not special interests. One that assists entrepreneurs and small businesses rather than erecting new barriers to success. We need a functional government that advances the following principles:

Thriving Economy
Americans need an economy that works for everyone and allows us to face any challenge that comes our way, whether it is the next pandemic, a changing climate, or an aging population.
Healthy America
The pandemic hit our country hard and reminded us of the importance of a social safety net and healthy population. The government must not overpromise and underdeliver, allowing special interests to benefit from less competition and a more dependent population.
Strong and Equitable Workforce
By expanding opportunities for meaningful work, we can give people purpose, increase productivity, and lay the foundation for a more inclusive, equitable workforce.
Safe and Clean Environment
Important American values such as reducing harmful emissions and promoting clean water hinge on a strong economy and human ingenuity.
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