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Agency watchdogs seek more independence, budget boost

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) says agency inspectors general are increasingly facing obstacles in their efforts to uncover waste and misconduct. The top watchdogs at both the Justice Department and the Peace Corps told lawmakers they've faced resistance from their agencies at times in turning over records in recent years. Lawmakers also expressed concern about the impact of across-the-board budget cuts on the operations agency IG operations.

Tags: Congress , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , inspector general , Peggy Gustafson , SBA , DoJ , Kathy Buller , Michael Horowitz , CIGIE , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 05:21pm EST

Senate extends short-term CR; House ready to OK government-wide $1.1T budget

Shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes, Congress is ready to approve a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year, a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs and brimming with victories and setbacks for both parties.

Tags: budget , Congress , Senate , continuing resolution

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 01:32pm EST

House votes to beef up OPM inspector general funding

The House gave a boost to the Office of Personnel Management inspector general's office Tuesday, voting to provide the agency's auditors with access to new funding to conduct investigations. In a unanimous vote, the House approved the bipartisan OPM IG Act, introduced by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) and co-sponsored by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass). The Senate approved a nearly identical measure, introduced by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), in October.

Tags: Congress , Senate , OPM , background investigations , Patrick McFarland , Blake Farenthold , Stephen Lynch , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 05:49pm EST

Duncan calls for 'reality check' on DHS headquarters project

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, released a majority staff report that questioned the planning and future efficacy of the Homeland Security Department consolidating its headquarters at the St. Elizabeths campus in D.C.

Tags: Jeff Duncan , Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency , DHS , Coast Guard , federal buildings , GSA , GAO , Michael OConnell , oversight , St. Elizabeths

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 02:22pm EST

House plans 3-day CR to extend deadline for budget talks

Republican leaders plan to pass a short-term funding bill this week to extend by three days the deadline for wrapping up a massive, $1 trillion-plus catch-all spending bill covering funding for the rest of the year. The short-term measure would give lawmakers until midnight next Saturday to pass the larger funding bill. The current stopgap funding bill expires at midnight on Wednesday.

Tags: budget , appropriations , CR , Hal Rogers , Congress

Monday - 01/13/2014, 08:46am EST

With budget agreement nearly a done deal, focus turns to appropriations

The bipartisan budget deal announced this week goes a long way toward clearing up the widespread budget uncertainty that has plagued federal agencies for the last two years. But it doesn't actually set individual agency funding for next year. That's the job of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, the leaders of whom now must write an official spending bill that spell out exactly how much each agency gets to spend next year and on what. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), the chairman of the House committee, said Thursday he would begin work on an omnibus spending bill to fund agencies next year.

Tags: Congress , Senate , budget , Barbara Mikulski , Hal Rogers

Friday - 12/13/2013, 04:30pm EST
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