GAO finds EPA violated law

On December 14, 2015, the General Accounting Office found that a portion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s social media campaign violated federal laws relating to propaganda and anti-lobbying. Because the laws also affect government contractors, the GAO findings may be of interest, especially since they are similar to Federal Trade Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission guidance on disclosures and endorsements. This briefing describes the law, the EPA’s social media campaign, the issues raised, the GAO’s findings and takeaways for both government contractors and companies subject to similar requirements from the FTC and/or SEC.

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