Government

Press Releases

ICYMI: Following Revelations of Ethics Violations, Watson Coleman Demands Disclosure of Persons in Charge of Regulatory Reform Agency-wide

Watson Coleman before congress addressing staffing concerns Credits: Office of Bonnie Watson Coleman
8502cef5242912690446_BWC.Headshot.jpg
8502cef5242912690446_BWC.Headshot.jpg

WASHINGTON D.C. – At a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, U.S. Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman questioned Rebeckah Adcock, senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, on her refusal to provide the committee with the identities of the members on the agency’s Regulatory Reform Task Force. At the hearing, Adcock recalled the list had been sent by the Department’s congressional liaison to the committee earlier in the week – Democratic staff later confirmed the list was provided to Republican committee staff the morning of the hearing following the New York Times report of her refusal and a violation of an ethics agreement following a meeting with her former industry allies.

 

Watson Coleman asked, “Ms. Adcock, who are the members of the regulatory task force that you lead; what are their respective backgrounds; and, what is their status as a political appointee or civil servant?”

 

“I apologize if your colleagues felt I had brushed off that request, my intention was to share with them that we had not made the list public, hadn’t asked the members if whether that would be acceptable and if we could share that list,” Adcock responded.

Sign Up for E-News

 

Watson Coleman continued, “This is a particularly unique situation and, the decisions that these individuals will consider have a tremendous impact on the constituencies that I define as the United States of America. These are very important considerations that are going to take place and transparency is very important as well as ensuring that there are no conflicts of interest in the deliberations of these issues as conflict of interest has arisen very much in the current Administration.”

 

Watson Coleman also asked the witness representing the Department of Health and Human Services to provide the committee with the names of the agency’s task force members, and also called on subcommittee Chairman Gary Palmer to request this information from all federal agencies. The joint subcommittee hearing entitled “Regulatory Reform Task Forces Check-In: Part II” sought to examine the progress made by federal agencies in setting up a Regulatory Reform Task Force as defined by Executive Order 13777 Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda, to supplement Executive Order 13771 Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.

 

Following the hearing, Watson Coleman sent a letter to Adcock, a former pesticide lobbyist, requesting the release of all emails she exchanged with lobbyists or other representatives from her former industry.

 

Excerpt from the letter:

 

“The same New York Times story also reported that you entered into an ethics agreement in which you pledged, for one year, to “not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter involving specific parties in which I know CropLife America is a party or represents a party.”  According to this same report, however, you met with Kellie Bray, a lobbyist for CropLife, in May—soon after you started at USDA.

 

Please answer the following questions and produce the documents requested below regarding this matter:

 

  1. Please list the dates, times, and subject matter of all meetings with Ms. Bray or any other CropLife officials, representatives, or agents since you began working at USDA.

 

  1. Please provide copies of all inquiries to and responses from any ethics officials relating to the propriety of your participation in these meetings.

 

Please provide copies of all emails to or from you with lobbyists, employees, or representatives of any pesticide manufacturer or associated groups.”

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Plainfield

You Meet the Most Amazing People on the Trail

The weather cooperated this weekend, so I went for more than one hike. After all, there are only just over fifty days before my walk to Maine commences, so why not.

This Saturday, some friends dragged me away from housecleaning (thank you!) for a quick jaunt through Watchung Reservation.  While we were there, we ran into two individuals from Westfield; the cosplayers introduced themselves ...

Go Take a Walk

Friday, March 30 was Take a Walk in the Park Day, so I did.  I really didn't have an excuse to not do so; the sun was shining, I had the day off, and I had no plans for the rest of the day.  So after a session with Abbe, my trainer at LifeTime Fitness, I made the short trip to Lake Surprise in Watchung Reservation. 

As I made my way around the lake, it was easy to see how ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_f81187da64c60de383ac_carefree_fridays

Fri, April 20, 6:00 PM

Plainfield High School, Plainfield

Carefree Fridays: Bridging the Gap with Law ...

Arts & Entertainment Police & Fire

Fri, April 20, 7:00 PM

Shiloh Baptist Church, Plainfield

Shiloh Baptist Church - 2018 Women's Conference ...

Religions And Spirituality

Carousel_image_76b50dcb673435ebd963_hkd_webbanner_300x250_e

Sat, April 21, 11:30 AM

Plainfield YMCA, Plainfield

Plainfield YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Health & Wellness

HOPES Community Action Partnership, Inc. on Panel Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of New Jersey’s Abbott Preschool Program

April 19, 2018

On March 14, 2018, Joselyn Estevez-Vargas, Director of Early Childhood at HOPES Community Action Partnership, Inc., was among the early childhood education experts invited to participate on a panel to discuss best practices at the core of the Abbott program.  New Jersey’s Abbott Preschool Program came into existence by order of the New Jersey Supreme Court in the landmark Abbott v.

Op-Ed: New Jersey’s Out-of-Network Bill is a huge blow to the middle-class

April 5, 2018

As Trenton currently looks to balance the budget, once again it’s our state’s hardest working citizens who will be left holding the bag. This time, though, it will be the hardworking office and ancillary staff from our small business private medical practices.  A bill called “The Out-of-Network Consumer Protection Bill” A-2039/S-485 looks poised to make ...

More Than Just Kindness for Roxbury Student Adored by Tragically Killed Boy

April 17, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – She lost her 10-year-old son three years ago in a boating accident on Lake Hopatcong, but Laurie D’Amico is sure her beloved Christopher speaks to her all the time. It’s subtle but firm, she says; messages that come as sparks of recollection, inspiration or intuition.

One of those unexpected inklings led Laura and her husband Chris to a jewelry ...

Blood Drive en Plainfield High School el viernes

April 12, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Un esfuerzo de sangre se llevará a cabo el viernes en Plainfield High School en asociación con la Cruz Roja Americana.

¿Alguna vez se ha preguntado qué le sucede a la pinta de sangre que dona?

Según la Cruz Roja, la donación se almacena en refrigeradores helados hasta que se transporta a un centro de la Cruz Roja y se escanea en una ...

Springtime Advice from Rapps Pharmacy

April 17, 2018

It may not feel like spring, but that spring weather is right around the corner and so is allergy season!  Here is some friendly advice from Rapps Pharmacy, your neighborhood pharmacy:

Combating the Allergy Season

As seasons change and pollen counts rise, more and more people clash with the aggravating symptoms of seasonal allergies. Beginning in February and lasting into early summer, ...

Featured Business: NJ Printing & Embroidery LLC

Featured Business: NJ Printing & Embroidery LLC

Nestled in the heart of Plainfield is NJ Printing & Embroidery, a family-owned business providing digital screen printing and embroidery for custom shirts, caps and other items.

The company also offers custom printed business cards, fliers, banners and storefront vinyls, and can provide expert graphic art design upon request.

Eric ...

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (Citadel Press, 1970)

 

How does a reviewer do justice to a book called “the great American novel”? I first read Johnny Got His Gun during the Viet Nam war, when young people, nationwide, were protesting fighting in a war that was a senseless waste of life; a war in which the United States had no business participating.

The Truth About My Reading

The Truth About My Reading

I didn't get my Composition and Literature teacher at Montclair State College at all. A crusty old man with a dour disposition, Mr. Smith always seemed angry and rude. He appropriately intimidated freshmen, even me, an English major, who found this common core course beneath my dignity. Frankly, as a graduate of Highland Park High School, and a survivor of Mrs.

The German Girl

The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa (Washington Square Press, 2016)

For each of the twelve million victims murdered during World War II there is a gutwrenching story to be told. I have read hundreds of memoirs, biographies, plays, and novels that recount the stories of the martyrs; some are exceptional, some are fair. The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa, an award-winning journalist, ...

The Skin Collector

The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver (Grand Central, 2014)

Jack the Ripper. The Boston Strangler. The Texas Watchtower Killer. The Zodiac Killer. The Angel of Death. The Butcher. BTK. The police and the press have a long history of dubbing serial killers with names that catch the attention of the public, usually having the effect of instilling greater fear and selling more print media so that ...

Queen Mary and the Cruiser

Queen Mary and the Cruiser by David A. Thomas and Patrick Holmes (Naval Institute Press, 1997)

“Had the forenoon watch and after eating went out onto the fo'c'sle. Just arrived at the top of the ladder by the PO's heads when the wave hit me---waist high---and knocked me over. Looking astern---through the bulkhead door which was open, saw the stern of a ship sticking up out of ...

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Random House, 1965)

 

In Cold Blood is, quite simply, the grand-daddy of true crime writing, dubbed by Capote, himself, as the first non-fiction novel (although Norman Mailer argued the point when he published The Executioner's Song in 1979.) The conditions under which I read In Cold Blood for the first time were pretty weird, which was another ...