What do the White House’s faith offices DO, exactly?

By Michelle Boorstein Sure, some people know that the White House oversees a dozen faith-based offices in different federal agencies, … Continued

By Michelle Boorstein

Sure, some people know that the White House oversees a dozen faith-based offices in different federal agencies, ranging from the Department of Health and Human Services to the U.S. Agency for International Development to the Department of Agriculture. But do you know what, exactly, the offices do?

I’ve been requesting access to even a few of these offices for more than six months, but am getting nowhere with the White House. And the people who run the offices aren’t allowed to say three words to a reporter.

If you know what these people do, or if you know someone who knows what these people do, or if you have some good ideas for us as we explore what these people do, please e-mail me: [email protected]

Sure, we know generally that the offices help faith-based and other nonprofits that run programs on things like job training, but let’s get more specific. Which groups do they help and fund, and for what projects? Have their priorities changed since the offices were run by the Bush White House? Does the office at USAID, for example, get involved in the many millions of dollars of contracts related to sex and family planning overseas? And what does the Justice Department faith office do?

  • WmarkW

    I don’t have anything really to contribute; but I always appreciate shoe-leather journalism when government tries to keep an issue out of the papers by not talking about it.

  • usapdx

    Why should any faith base group be part of giveing tax monies to anyone when they do not file income or pay tax? Only the goverment should handle all tax money for the end product is political in one way or another. Our country must also learn to live within it’s own means first.

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