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Sean Vitka, Federal Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation

The House Judiciary Committee passed an updated USA Freedom Act a few weeks ago. Many see the surveillance bill as a compromise that gives a little to each side, including limiting the use of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. That's the provision that lets intelligence agencies collect telephone records. Sean Vitka is a federal policy manager at the Sunlight Foundation. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what else is in the bill, and what it could all mean.

Tags: Sean Vitka , Sunlight Foundation , USA Freedom Act , surveillance , Patriot Act , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , NSA

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:39am EDT
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Patent Office commissions review of telework abuse

The Patent and Trademark Office has hired the National Academy of Public Administration to review the agency's vaunted telework programs following allegations that teleworkers are falsifying their timecards and managers do not have the tools to monitor them.

Tags: Patent and Trademark Office , Peggy Focarino , telework , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Todd Zinser , Emily Kopp , Oversight

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 04:02pm EST

House Republicans blast OIRA over late regulations report

The chairmen of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees have written to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) demanding to know why the public release of a report on upcoming federal regulations is behind schedule. In a letter to the agency, Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the chairmen of the Oversight and Government Reform and Judiciary committees, respectively, say OIRA has not been forthcoming about the expected publication date of a report that should have been released months ago.

Tags: OMB , OIRA , Oversight , Congress , House , Darrell Issa , Lamar Smith , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Jack Moore

Friday - 10/26/2012, 01:30pm EDT

DHS faces subpoena from House judiciary chairman

ouse Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith issued a subpoena Friday to force the Department of Homeland Security to turn over records about illegal immigrants identified but not detained or removed by federal authorities

Tags: Congress , Senate , illegal immigration , Lamar Smith

Friday - 11/04/2011, 05:33pm EDT

Virginia AG argues for health care repeal on Hill

Virginia's attorney general took his fight against the federal health care law to Capitol Hill Wednesday, stepping onto a national stage before the House Judiciary Committee.

Tags: health care , Ken Cuccinelli , Virginia , Virginia Attorney General , House of Representatives , Senate ,

Wednesday - 02/16/2011, 04:40pm EST