I don’t think it has been announced yet on RBC that we entered a few months back into a partnership with Washington Monthly. RBC posts are now regularly carried on WashMo’s “Ten Miles Square” blog, where you can also read stimulating comments by a number of other bloggers.
To wit, my fellow West Virginia mountaineer, Washington Monthly founder Charlie Peters, has an insider’s take on why agencies cover up known problems when dealing with Congress, journalists and other outsiders. Although Charlie doesn’t use this metaphor in his post, agencies are like families. Among themselves, they may squabble, back stab and criticize, but when the neighbors come over, they present a unified front. Charlie is no doubt correct that the current poisonous atmosphere in Washington exacerbates the tendency of agencies to withhold information from Congress, but the basic instinct for families/tribes to stick together will always be present to some degree because evolution has encoded it into human nature.