Media Mentions

Lack of energy independence, impact ‘on our foreign policy’ concerns organization, Nevadans

NW Clark News

March 16, 2022

The FGI is a nonpartisan organization that works to promote integrity and transparency from government agencies and elected officials, while advocating for working Americans’ beliefs and values, the FGI said on their site.

The FGI said in a release on Feb. 25 that it is seeking full transparency from government agencies regarding several topics.

“The areas of inquiry will include the following,” the FGI said in the release. “Actions to slow gas price hikes using emergency powers; Calls for investigating the meat and energy industries; Efforts to hinder domestic fossil fuel production, halt pipeline approvals, and shut down American mines; and Considerations behind the decision to re-nominate a Federal Reserve Chairman who has presided over 40-year highs in inflation.”

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Lack of U.S. energy independence concerns the Functional Government Initiative while gas prices rise in NC

Nantahala News

March 15, 2022

In light of the Biden administration’s announcement of an immediate ban on all U.S. imports of Russian oil, the Functional Government Initiative  (FGI) is worried about the impact of President Biden’s energy policies on rising energy costs in the U.S.

“Last week we  expressed our  concerns regarding the reluctance to  sanction  the Russian  energy market  and announced that we would be  seeking  information  surrounding that  decision,” FGI spokesman Peter McGinnis  said in a statement March 9. “However, the current  situation creates  the  fear that we may  be moving from funding Russia’s  war machine to  paying  the dictator in  Venezuela and the state  sponsors of terrorism  in Iran.  The concerns of  the Functional  Government Initiative remain.  We will  continue working  to expose the  dysfunction of government and  investigate  the impact of  today’s energy  policy on our foreign  policy and  near-record levels of  inflation.”

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Nonprofit Watchdog: Government Policies “Supercharging” Inflation

By David Beasley (Arizona Business Daily)

March 8, 2022

Experts have explored for several months the potential contributors to the high U.S. inflation numbers, but there has yet to be a sound consensus on the primary reason, the Functional Government Initiative (FGI) said in a recent news release.

Leading contenders include federal spending on pandemic relief  bills, high oil prices, and now high tensions in Europe, the news release said. FGI has begun their search by digging into government policies.  

FGI, a non-profit watchdog group, is seeking full transparency from government agencies in the following areas: “actions to slow gas price hikes using emergency powers; calls for investigating the meat and energy industries; efforts to hinder domestic fossil fuel production, halt pipeline approvals and shut down American mines; and considerations behind the decision to re-nominate a Federal Reserve chairman who has presided over 40-year highs in inflation,” the group said in the release.  

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As Historical Inflation Rates Remain in Georgia, Nonpartisan Organization Demands Answers

By Glenn Minnis (Georgia Business Daily)

March 7, 2022

Functional Government Initiative (FGI) members are pushing to get to the bottom of the country’s rapidly rising inflation rates.

“For years, Washington’s dysfunction has enraged the American public,” FGI spokesman Peter McGinnis said in a press release. “The Functional Government Initiative exists to explore what is driving that dysfunction and shine a light on the key decisions causing it… The public almost certainly understands that the pandemic has played a part in driving inflation, but if it turns out government policies are supercharging that spike in their cost of living, then they deserve to know.”

“For years, Washington’s dysfunction has enraged the American public,” FGI spokesman Peter McGinnis said in a press release. “The Functional Government Initiative exists to explore what is driving that dysfunction and shine a light on the key decisions causing it… The public almost certainly understands that the pandemic has played a part in driving inflation, but if it turns out government policies are supercharging that spike in their cost of living, then they deserve to know.”

The FGI said in February that they are seeking full transparency from government agencies in areas such as gas price hikes, investigating the meat and energy industries, and shutting down American mines, according to the release.

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With Historic Inflation Rates in North Carolina, Nonpartisan Organization Demands Answers

By Laurie A. Luebbert

March 7, 2022

Amid historic inflation levels in the U.S., Americans are growing curious as to the root cause. In response, the Functional Government Initiative (FGI), a nonpartisan organization that demands government transparency, announced information requests they’re sending to government agencies. 

Through this process, FGI hopes to uncover the policies that are contributing to the harmful effects inflation has imposed on so many American lives.

“For years, Washington’s dysfunction has enraged the American public,” Peter McGinnnis, spokesman for FGI, said in a recent news release on the organization’s website. “The Functional Government Initiative exists to explore what is driving that dysfunction and shine a light on the key decisions causing it.”

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Rising Inflation in Nevada Has Watchdog Agency Looking for Causes

By Sam Jackson (Nevada Business Daily)

March 7, 2022

As inflation continues to rise to levels not seen in Nevada in decades, experts are examining the causes and looking for reasons behind it.

The Functional Government Initiative (FGI), a nonpartisan organization that seeks transparency in government, has asked several government agencies for information so that the root causes of the high inflation rates can be shared with the public, the organization said in a recent news release on its website. Among the oft-cited causes are the COVID-19 pandemic and the approximately $5 trillion in federal government relief spending as a result. Supply chain issues are another factor, but no consensus has been reached as to why inflation has risen so much.

“A strong economy and a healthy America are goals all Americans share,” McGinnis said in the release. “As we get records back on these key decisions impacting inflation, we will soon find out whether actions of the federal government are aiding or impeding those goals.” 

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Functional Government Initiative Seeks Answers as Inflation Hits Historic Levels in Michigan

By David Hutton

March 7, 2022

As inflation hits historic levels in the U.S. and Americans begin to search for answers, the Functional Government Initiative (FGI), a nonpartisan organization that demands government transparency, announced information requests they’re sending to government agencies. 

With these requests, FGI is hoping it can bring to light policies that are driving inflation and its impact on Americans. Peter McGinnis, a spokesman for the organization, noted that the dysfunction in Washington, D.C., continues to draw the ire of the public.  

“The Functional Government Initiative exists to explore what is driving that dysfunction and shine a light on the key decisions causing it,” he said in a recent news release on the FGI website. “Right now, inflation is front and center in this discussion.”

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Documents show ‘increasingly cozy relationship’ between Amazon-backed lobbyists and USPS regulator

By Andy Nghiem (Kentucky Business Daily)

Feb 24, 2022

While the U.S. Senate prepares to consider controversial legislation that would reform how the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) handles health care, government watchdogs have released documents that show an “increasingly cozy relationship” between the independent regulator of USPS and lobbyists working to shape the legislation favorably for their clients.

According to a statement from the Functional Government Initiative (FGI), the documents show the connection between the the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), a regulator responsible for transparency and oversight of USPS operations, and lobbyists for a coalition of package companies that include Amazon and eBay (known as the “Package Coalition”) that have relied on USPS to reduce one of their largest operating costs.

“Unsurprisingly, records show extensive communications between lobbyists for the Package Coalition, PRC regulators and staff on the congressional committees with oversight over postal issues,” the FGI said. “Throughout the released records, the PRC’s regulatory staff appear to be deeply tied to the messaging and legislative interests of the so-called ‘Package Coalition.’ Some of the communications reveal an unusual display of agency deliberations and frankness with a lobbyist representing an interested party. Taken together, the frequent behind-the-scenes communications raise concern about the objectivity and potential for arbitrary decision-making being undertaken at the PRC.”

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Documents Show ‘Cozy’ Relationship Between Amazon-Backed Lobbyists And USPS Regulator

By Art Benavidez (Washington, DC Business Daily)

Feb 23, 2022

As the U.S. Senate prepares to consider bipartisan, yet controversial postal reform legislation, document disclosures show what a government watchdog calls a “cozy” relationship between the independent regulator of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and the lobbyists working to shape the legislation favorably for their clients.

The Functional Government Initiative (FGI) has stated they initiated numerous Freedom of Information Act requests to examine how USPS and its shareholders are countering competition from the private sector, carrying out efforts to eliminate contraband from its service, and dealing with rising retiree health costs.

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Records show extensive communications between ‘Package Coalition’ lobbyists and Postal Service regulator

Andy Nghiem (Palmetto Business Daily)

Feb 24, 2022

According to a statement from the Functional Government Initiative (FGI), the documents show a connection between the The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), a regulator responsible for transparency and oversight of USPS operations, and lobbyists for a coalition of package companies that include Amazon and eBay (known as the “Package Coalition”), which have relied on USPS to reduce one of their largest operating costs.

Cosponsored by U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), the Postal Service Reform Act passed the U.S. House and will soon be considered by the U.S. Senate, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC). The bill would make changes to how USPS handles retirees’ health benefits.

The Package Coalition is lobbying for legislation that would codify an “integrated network” for mail and packages. In an official corporate message, Amazon has publicly supported the Postal Service Reform Act, specifically measures taken in the bill to eliminate USPS’ existing mandate to pre-fund health benefits for retirees and shift those costs onto the Medicare system.

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