Functional Government Initiative

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?

Inflation

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

Energy

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

Infrastructure

Will infrastructure spending lead to economic growth?

Supply Chain

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

COVID

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

January 31, 2024

(Washington, DC) – Today, the Functional Government Initiative (FGI) announced an update in its ongoing investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) initial response to the toxic spill from the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. Records obtained through FGI’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request reveal that EPA Administrator Michael Regan was tending to other, seemingly mundane, issues across the country in the more than two weeks it took for him to visit the crash site.

The February 3, 2023, train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, resulted in the release of hazardous materials, threatening local residents. Though the EPA started monitoring air quality in the surrounding area the day of the disaster, and regional authorities soon began monitoring nearby water quality, local responders became overwhelmed. The focus of the EPA’s leader during this time appeared to have been elsewhere.

By Pete McGinnis (RealClearEnergy)

January 9, 2024

What constitutes a “proven technology” with “predictable income” to the Biden administration? Apparently, it isn’t the oil and gas industry that has been powering the world, raising standards of living, and making entire nations wealthy for well over a century. On the other hand, the first-ever North American ocean wind turbine installation – unpopular with people who will have to look at it and part of a flailing, not-ready-for-primetime industry – is a sure thing to the Department of the Interior.

Per a recent report, on June 15, 2021, Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) waived the customary financial assurance for decommissioning on the lease of the Vineyard Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts. Decommissioning fees are typically required for every energy lease Interior grants so that if a project fails and the lessee goes bankrupt, taxpayers aren’t stuck with cleanup costs. Vineyard first asked for a deferment in 2017 and was denied by the Trump administration, but the Biden BOEM informed Vineyard the fee was deferred for 15 years into its 20-year lease. Why?

 

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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