Transparency News, 5/10/2022


May 10, 2022

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 A challenge by the Democratic Party of Virginia, or DVPA, to the state’s requirement that voting registrants disclose their full nine-digit Social Security number has survived a motion to dismiss from the State Board of Elections and the Republican Party of Virginia. The Eastern District of Virginia found that the DVPA and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC, had adequate standing to challenge the law based on their allegations of direct injury to voter registration drives and absentee ballot efforts. Judge Henry E. Hudson said the plaintiffs stated plausible claims that the full SSN requirement violated the Civil Rights Act, the U.S. Constitution, and the Privacy Act. The Privacy Act prevents a government from denying one’s right to vote if they refuse to disclose their full SSN. A grandfather exception applies when a government maintained an existing record system that required the full SSN before 1975.
Virginia Lawyers Weekly

The Virginia Information Technologies Agency is losing its third high-level manager since Gov. Glenn Youngkin replaced its top executive in January. Acting Chief Operating Officer Demetrias Rodgers resigned last week from the state IT agency, which is central to carrying out the governor’s new telework policy for state employees and pending budget proposals to bolster the cybersecurity defenses of Virginia government. “The people that work in the public sector that give blood, sweat, and tears so that our citizens are able to access necessary government services are heroes, in my personal opinion,” he wrote. “This has been particularly true at VITA, the people, the work atmosphere and our agency customers have been the best I had the privilege of working with and for that, I am eternally grateful.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch

The second-highest-ranking member of the NYPD was accused of cheating on his sergeants exam nearly 30 years ago — and was disciplined in four other misconduct cases, newly unearthed records show. First Deputy Commissioner Edward Caban was among more than two dozen aspiring sergeants to get wrapped up in the decades-old cheating scandal, according to the never-before-seen police files obtained by The Post. Details of the allegations were disclosed in Caban’s patchwork disciplinary file, which was sealed for decades and obtained through the state Freedom of Information Law. The total of five misconduct cases span 148 pages — and contain an admission from Caban that he stole pay and employed his department car for personal use.
New York Post