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 Congress & oversight

  1. Hundreds of thousands of feds can join multimillion shutdown lawsuit

    Plaintiffs seeking financial damages against the government.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  2. Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., wants to create a data commission to help boost the effectiveness of federal programs. Rob Curtis/Staff / Times New Service

    Bill would create data commission to boost agency effectiveness

    Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., want data clearinghouse.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  3. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said the non-disclosure agreements that contractor KBR makes its employees sign could chill whistleblowing activities. Mike Morones/Army Times

    Lawmakers say KBR non-disclosure agreements stop whistle blowers

    A non-disclosure agreement that contractor KBR has made its employees sign might violate whistleblower protection and false claims laws and prevent its employees from reporting wrongdoing, a group of lawmakers wrote in letter Nov. 20.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  4. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Left), R-Utah, will be the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee while Mac Thornberry, R- Texas, will head the Armed Services Committee. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Chaffetz, Thornberry to head House oversight and armed services committees

    The new leaders will replace Reps. Darrell Issa and Howard McKeon, respectively.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  5. The Patent and Trademark Office has been embroiled in allegations that some of its employees were paid for work they did not do. PAUL J.RICHARDS / AFP/Getty Images

    The PTO must crack down on telework abusers, lawmakers say

    Inspector general says other telework abuse investigations are ongoing.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  6. Lawmakers want a moratorium on the Postal Service plan to consolidate mail processing centers and to reduce service letters. Stephen Lam / Getty Images

    Lawmakers, Postal Service employees protest service cuts

    Reps. Elijah Cummings and Stephen Lynch urged Congress to bar the Postal Service from closing processing centers and reducing service levels.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
  7. An investigation has added weight to allegations that Sandia National Laboratories violated federal regulations when it used federal money to fund lobbying efforts to keep noncompetative contracts. Randy Montoya

    Report: Sandia violated rules in lobbying for contract extensions

    Investigation showed evidence of a coordinated campaign to influence officials funded with taxpayer money.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
  8. Congress must give intelligence contractors whistleblower protections, groups urge

    Congress should extend whistleblower protections to contractors within the intelligence community, nearly 50 good government groups said in a letter Nov. 12.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
  9. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., will be the new chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee when the new Congress convenes in January. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    Incoming oversight chair eyes Postal Service bankruptcy, cutting job protections

    Sen. Ron Johnson: Agencies need more flexibility to fire poor performers; border security, improving cybersecurity are also on the agenda.

    • Nov. 10, 2014
  10. U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he wants Congress to work together in coming years. Aaron P. Bernstein / Getty Images

    Top Senate Republican rules out government shutdown

    Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., poised to become the new Senate majority leader, says Congress needs to pass a new continuing resolution and to work on other legislation that has piled up in the last year.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  11. Rafael Moure-Eraso is chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an independent federal agency. Courtesy Photo

    President's executive order on contract worker safety will save lives

    The April 8, 2011, scene was horrific: Five workers killed just inside one of a series of bunkers dug hundreds of feet deep into a side of a mountain near Honolulu.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  12. Though DHS struggles with employee morale and leadership gaps, the agency has greatly improved homeland security, said Rep. Michael McCaul. Getty Images

    Can DHS be fixed? Lawmakers divided over agency's future

    Ideas include reorganization, strong oversight, and even moving some DHS agencies to other departments.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
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