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Ethics group seeks investigation of recently resigned federal railroad official

"An ethics group submitted a letter to the Department of Justice on Tuesday requesting that it launch an investigation of Heath Hall, the former deputy administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration who resigned over the weekend after allegations were raised about 'outside work' he took on while employed as a senior federal official."

Government Watchdog Calls on Justice Department to Investigate Former Trump Railroad Official Heath Hall

On February 13, 2018, CfA asked the Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice to investigate whether Heath Hall, former Acting Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, violated federal criminal law by willfully filing a public financial disclosure report in which he falsely claimed he would not be receiving outside income.

Court hears arguments about open records in payday loans case

"The dispute is about whether a watchdog group may obtain correspondence between a Kennesaw State University professor and a payday lending group that commissioned the university to conduct a study. The group, which calls itself the Consumer Credit Research Foundation, publishes reports favorable to the industry."

Georgia Supreme Court to Hear Open Records Case against Payday Lending Group that Bankrolled Favorable Academic Study at Georgia University

On February 1, 2018, CfA announced that the Supreme Court of Georgia is scheduled to hear oral arguments on Monday, February 5, 2018, in CfA’s case against the Consumer Credit Research Foundation, a payday lending nonprofit that funded a favorable academic study by a professor at Kennesaw State University.

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