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  Rob Garver
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  In the author's note to his 2012 book The Price of Politics, journalist and author Bob Woodward wrote, "Rob is...one of the best natural editors and reporters I have ever worked with." I spent six months working closely with Woodward on the New York Times best-selling account of the debt ceiling negotiations between President Obama and Congress during the summer of 2011.

I have extensive experience writing about the impact public policy decisions have on real people. My years working in Washington have given me particular insight into the space where the private sector and the federal government collide in battles over regulation and supervision.

In addition to the publications for which I have worked directly, articles I have written on a freelance basis have appeared in various media, including ProPublica.org, The New York Times, Salon.com, ScientificAmerican.com, The AtlanticWire.com, CFO Magazine, The Fiscal Times, Business Insider, and more.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Editor 9 Years
Reporter 20 Years
Writer 20 Years
Specialty
Business (general) 15 Years
Government 12 Years
Politics 12 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
20 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
American Banker (11+), Bank Investment Consultant (11+), The American Prospect (11+), US Banker Magazine (11+), CFO Magazine (11+), ProPublica (3-5), Bob Woodward (1-2)
References
References available on request.
Other
Master's Degree in Public Policy, Georgetown Public Policy Institute
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Washington, DC. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
(ProPublica, 4/23/2013)
Even though it was investigating "egregious" misconduct at pharmaceuticals testing firm Cetero research, the FDA approved a new drug based on tests conducted there. It would later require those tests to be redone, but the drug remained on pharmacy shelves nationwide.
(ProPublica, 4/15/2013)
The FDA found that hundreds of drugs were approved for the US market based on potentially unreliable research at MDS Pharma Services in Quebec. But the agency dragged its heels investigating MDS, and kept all the suspect drugs on the market.
(ProPublica, 4/15/2013)
The FDA determined that a major laboratory had committed such "egregious" and pervasive research violations that years of its tests might be invalid. About 100 drugs were on the market based on testing done there. But the FDA won't say which ones. ProPublica found six of them.
(ProPublica, 4/15/2013)
Despite finding "egregious" violations at a major pharmaceuticals testing facility, the FDA allowed drugs approved on the firm's research to stay on the market.
(ProPublica, 4/14/2013)
When a generic drug differs from the name brand version, the consequences for patients can be sever, and frightening.
(Bob Woodward, 9/15/2012)
In the author's note to his 2012 book The Price of Politics, journalist and author Bob Woodward wrote, "Rob is...one of the best natural editors and reporters I have ever worked with." I worked closely with Woodward on his New York Times best-selling account of the 2011 debt ceiling debacle.
(American Banker Magazine, 1/1/2012)
Have banks given up on making a connection to their communities? From the bleachers at one Little League field, it sure looks that way.
(The Fiscal Times, 12/13/2011)
Walmart, the retail giant with some 650 stores across the nation, has long raised the hackles of traditional banks by providing financial services to its customers. A few years ago, when the company was pursuing a bank charter, the banking industry did all it could to prevent the company from landin
(American Banker, 12/1/2011)
As head of Citibank's operations in Venezuela in the 1970s, William R. Rhodes was summoned to a meeting with the country's minister of development, where his bank was subjected to a very colorful threat.
(The Fiscal Times, 11/14/2011)
If large banks around the country were hoping that “Bank Transfer Day" on Nov. 5 was just a one-time affair, well, there's some bad news.
(The Fiscal Times, 11/10/2011)
The announcement last week that the economy produced a meager 80,000 jobs in October makes battles over how to get the economy moving again all that more important, but on Capitol Hill, lawmakers have only just turned their attention to reviving a program that could, in relatively short order, pump
(American Banker, 10/24/2011)
Though their circumstances are unique, their success in growing by many measures against long odds -- and largely without making acquisitions -- is a reminder to competitors that financial institutions can flourish even in weak economic conditions by thinking creatively and providing impeccable serv
(American Banker, 10/11/2011)
Since being seized by the government during the financial crisis, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac haven't been businesses so much as government-owned mortgage utilities. That status was supposed to be temporary, but three years later, lawmakers have shown little appetite for changing it.
(American Banker, 10/5/2011)
When HSBC CEO Stuart Gulliver announced earlier this year that the company would abandon its push to bring six million account holders into its Premier banking service, it appeared to confirm what some observers of the banking industry have long believed: trying to provide specialized financial serv
(The Fiscal Times, 9/15/2011)
Of the many financial reforms in Dodd-Frank, a requirement that lenders retain a share of the risk in mortgages they sell to investors seemed like a no-brainer. If lenders were on the hook, too, the thinking went, they would tighten standards and avoid the kind of defaults that contributed to the co
(American Banker, 8/15/2011)
Lots of banks are under immense pressure to grow. None of them are expected to accomplish that with loans, interchange fees or much else anytime soon. Deal-minded Wall Streeters forcefully and repeatedly offer this answer: buy somebody else, or sell. But the Dodd-Frank Act makes that an especiall
(American Banker Magazine, 7/1/2011)
With all the privileges they supposedly have over banks, it would seem unlikely that credit unions would want to become thrifts. So why are several experts on charter conversions predicting a wave of them?
(The Fiscal Times, 6/26/2011)
Is the Federal Home Loan Bank System, which issues more debt securities than any other entity in the country besides the federal government, taking too many risks?
(American Banker, 5/2/2011)
In 1974, fresh out of law school, Edward Pinto joined a Michigan affordable housing agency. By 1989 he was a top executive at Fannie Mae. Today Pinto is the go-to housing finance pundit -- from the pro-privatization set.
(U.S. Banker Magazine, 4/1/2011)
Consider this tale of two cities: Grand Forks, North Dakota, suffered massive flooding that left it economically crippled in April 1997. So did East Grand Forks, just across the river in Minnesota. Three years later, Grand Forks had lost 3 percent of its population, and East Grand Forks had lost 17
(American Banker, 3/15/2011)
When JPMorgan Chase & Co. became the last of the nation's four biggest banking companies to announce that it was doing away with no-strings-attached free checking accounts, the question naturally arose among bankers in general: Is totally free checking dead?
(Chronicle Newspapers, 12/12/2010)
Reelected to a second term last month in the teeth of political winds favoring Republicans, Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly, of Virginia’s 11th District, is headed into a very different Congress from the one he joined in 2009.
(American Banker, 6/10/2010)
Every year, conferences draw throngs to hotel ballrooms, studies are conducted and consultants peddle expensive research papers, all on the question of how to deliver financial services to underbanked consumers. Two assumptions have underpinned the conversation: one, that these consumers would be
(Columbia Magazine, 4/28/2010)
As the global economy slogged through the worst of the financial crisis in late 2008 and most of 2009, the insurance industry seemed to be mired as deeply as any other sector of the financial services industry.
Contact Info
  Rob Garver
Springfield, VA 
USA

Tel: 703-304-4738  
E-Mail: r.garver@verizon.net
Website: http://www.robgarver.net