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Senate expands whistleblower protections for feds

The Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday expanding protections for federal whistleblowers. The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, authored and introduced by Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), the chairman of a Senate subcommittee on the federal workforce, updates a 1989 law protecting government whistleblowers.

Tags: Congress , Senate , management , whistleblowers , whistleblower protection , whistleblower bill , Akaka , Darrell Issa , Susan Collins , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 05:24pm EDT

Committees set for slate of hearings on GSA spending

Current and former officials at the General Services Administration will face a gauntlet of congressional hearings this week, following reports of excessive spending on a 2010 regional training conference and other programs. In an interview on In Depth with Francis Rose, former Virginia Congressman and Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Tom Davis shared his insights and what to look for during the hearings.

Tags: GSA , Shakeup at GSA , In Depth , Francis Rose , Tom Davis , Senate , Congress , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Deloitte , Jack Moore

Sunday - 04/15/2012, 09:16pm EDT
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Issa probing conferences that exceeded GSA price tag

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is probing more than 150 conferences hosted by 11 agencies since 2005 where wasteful spending or excessive spending may have have occurred, according to a committee release. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the oversight chairman, said the committee is using the lavish $823,000 regional conference hosted by the General Services Administration in 2010 as a "benchmark" to compare other agencies' conference spending. The committee found the Defense Department has held 64 such conferences.

Tags: Congress , Darrell Issa , oversight , GSA , Shakeup at GSA , conference spending , DoD , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 08/22/2012, 08:33pm EDT

House committee: Security requests denied in Libya

Despite two explosions and dozens of other security threats, U.S. officials in Washington turned down repeated pleas from American diplomats in Libya to increase security at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi where the U.S. ambassador was killed, Republican leaders of a House committee said Tuesday.

Tags: State Department , Hillary Rodham Clinton , Congress , Darrell Issa , Jason Chaffetz , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , libya

Tuesday - 10/02/2012, 05:53pm EDT

House votes to expand whistleblower protections

The House voted Friday to significantly expand protections for federal employees who expose fraud, waste and abuse and make it easier to punish supervisors who try to retaliate against the whistleblowers.

Tags: Congress , whistleblower , Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act , Darrell Issa , workforce

Friday - 09/28/2012, 02:25pm EDT

President signs bill delaying STOCK Act provision

The House voted unanimously today to pass a Senate bill delaying implementation of sections of the STOCK Act that would require the posting of some federal employees' financial information on the Internet. The bill also requires a study of the effects of posting feds' financial disclosures online.

Tags: STOCK Act , Congress

Friday - 09/28/2012, 12:08pm EDT

Library of Congress unveils new website

Congress unveiled a new search engine Wednesday to help politicos, lobbyists, researchers, students and any other interested citizens find legislation working its way through the House and Senate to become new laws.

Tags: technology , Congress , Senate , Library of Congress

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 12:32pm EDT
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