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Committee leadership changes likely after election

The election Tuesday could bring with it a number of changes to the makeup and leadership of key congressional committees with oversight of the federal workforce and management. The changes to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and others are expected from retirements, committee term limits and a few close races.

Tags: 2012 election , Congress , House , Senate , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Joe Lieberman , Claire McCaskill , Tom Carper , Scott Brown , Carl Levin , John McCain , Appropriations Committee , Paul Ryan

Monday - 11/05/2012, 06:14pm EST
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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 Judiciary Committee , Jack Moore

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

GSA conference video pokes fun at spending, IG

Video has surfaced from the lavish Las Vegas conference, which eventually led to the firing of two top officials and the resignation of GSA Administrator Martha Johnson amid an outcry over excessive spending. The video portrays an awards ceremony at the October 2010 Western Region Conference along with a music video created by a GSA employee that pokes fun at, among other things, GSA spending and inspector general investigations.

Tags: GSA , Shakeup at GSA , Jack Moore

Thursday - 04/05/2012, 06:56pm EDT
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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 , House , Senate , Congress , Deloitte , Jack Moore

Sunday - 04/15/2012, 09:16pm EDT
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GSA emails: Initial response to lavish spending 'not even a slap on the wrist'

Internal emails from the General Services Administration show high-level agency officials were aware of a spending problem months before the scandal burst into public view. And as early as last summer, officials disagreed over how to reprimand the employees responsible for excessive spending at a 2010 regional training conference.

Tags: GSA , Shakeup at GSA , Jeff Neely , Bob Peck , Public Buildigns Service , Susan Brita , David Foley , Martha Johnson , Stephen Leeds , Jack Moore

Friday - 04/13/2012, 02:55pm EDT

USPS defaults a second time as legislation stalls

For the second time in as many months, the cash- strapped U.S. Postal Service says it will default on a required payment to fund future postal retirees' health benefits. The announcement comes after the agency similarly missed a $5.5 billion payment last month, and as longterm legislative solutions languish in Congress.

Tags: USPS , Congress , budget , postal default , Darrell Issa , Tom Carper ,

Thursday - 09/27/2012, 04:33pm 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 , House , Darrell Issa , Jason Chaffetz , Libya

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

Issa seeks closer relationship between IGs, Congress

Too often Congress is left "in the dark" when it comes to inspector general investigations of agency misconduct, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wrote in a letter to 73 inspectors general. Issa said he wanted to "establish an understanding between Congress and the IG community" for more rapid reporting of agency misdeeds uncovered by their offices. In his letter, Issa asked the inspectors for more information about their reporting practices to Congress and whether any serious problems were ever not shared with lawmakers.

Tags: oversight , House , Darrell Issa , GSA , Shakeup at GSA , Jack Moore

Monday - 08/06/2012, 09:06pm EDT

Cass Sunstein stepping down from OIRA

Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator Cass Sunstein is returning to Harvard, where he was the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law before coming to the Obama administration in 2009.

Tags: Cass Sunstein , OIRA , White House , Federal Drive , Jeff Zients , OMB , Darrell Issa ,

Friday - 08/03/2012, 10:43am EDT

Lawmakers tell VA 'no more hollow promises' to fix the claims backlog

The Department of Veterans Affairs has made strides toward increasing the number of disability claims it can process every year. But new claims from veterans are growing even faster than ever. House legislators are frustrated by the VA's lack of progress over the years.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Congress , technology , Darrell Issa , Jackie Speier , Allison Hickey , DoD , Veterans Benefits Management System , claims backlog , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 05:54am EDT
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