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?