Rooney had demurred on whether the Navy Department could meet the statutory deadline of September 2014 to get key budget documents in shape to pass an audit. When Sen. McCain pressed for an answer again this morning, she demurred again, saying she still lacked enough “detailed information” to address such a complex issue.
(Pro tip: Do not piss off John McCain.)
“Until you find out, I will not be supporting your nomination,” McCain interrupted. “I want an answer whether the Navy can meet its legal obligations. If you don’t know the answer then you’re not qualified for the job yet.””
“It bears repeating: The office that oversees the most powerful military in history (not to mention the best-funded) is unable to project when its single fax machine will once again be operational.”
The fax machine to receive Freedom of Information Act requests at the Pentagon is broken and there won’t be a replacement until November. The fact that the office uses a fax machine and not email to receive these requests is already ridiculous, but they also can’t fix or replace their only fax machine?
Update 4:52 p.m. - Apparently the fax machine is fixed. It’s amazing the things you can get done when you start yelling about them. https://twitter.com/OSD_FOIA/status/380697383715098624
“There is a lot of whistleblower protection out there, but [this amendment] moves the Defense Department into modern standards of whistleblower protection that already exist for federal employees,”
Marguerite C. Garrison, Defense Department deputy inspector general for administrative investigations.