A report by the Government Accountability Office found that the federal Government Accountability Board had been improperly “cronying” on the Government Publishing Office’s (GPO) Federal Register.
“The GAO found that, while the GAO is committed to maintaining an impartial approach to government review, the GAOP has failed to consistently ensure that it is not violating the First Amendment by failing to hold Government Publishing Offices accountable for their conduct,” the report said.
The GAOP had been under fire in recent months for its handling of the Trump administration’s travel ban.
During his 2016 presidential campaign, President Donald Trump called the travel ban “the worst executive action by the previous administration,” and said the GPO would be the last to take it down.
While Trump won the election, the travel-ban ban was overturned by the Supreme Court in January.
GPO, which was established by the 1906 Reorganization Act, has more than 2,500 publishers worldwide.
Its president is Mark E. Smith.
The report also found that in the past year, the Government Printing Office had refused to publish material it deemed inappropriate to publish, including stories that supported or opposed Trump.
In some cases, the GPs also failed to issue any corrections to their articles after the fact, it said.
The GAOC also found “systemic and systemic failures to meet GAO’s reporting standards” and found that GAO “did not have the resources or expertise to effectively monitor GPO and other Federal agencies,” the GAOD report said, according to the New York Times.
Last year, GAO issued a report concluding that “GPO’s failure to comply with GAO reporting requirements may have resulted in the GAOC not accurately reporting on the impact of the travel bans on public health and safety, and that GAOs’ reliance on GAO to perform its responsibilities, despite the GAOs inability to do so, resulted in a system of noncompliance that may have contributed to the GAOS failure to properly document and monitor GAO activities.”
The agency has said it has begun an audit of the agency.