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 Congress & oversight

  1. Senate bans background check contractors from reviewing their own work

    Federal background investigation contractors would no longer be able to perform a final review of their own work, under legislation passed by the Senate Sept. 18.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  2. Todd Park is being subpoeneaed by a House subcommittee regarding his earlier testimony about HealthCare.gov. File

    Todd Park summoned to House oversight subcommittee

    Subpoena cites conflicting testimony and failure to provide critical documents on the HealthCare.gov launch.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  3. Bill revising federal sick-leave rules for disabled vets advances

    Service-disabled veterans who become federal employees would start their careers with paid sick leave available, under legislation passed unanimously by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Sept. 17.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  4. Rep. Darrell Issa is championing a bill to strengthen the IG's office. AFP/Getty Images

    House committee passes bill strengthening IG oversight

    Inspectors general would be able to compel contractors to speak with them or provide information for investigations.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  5. Rep. Elijah Cummings wants to compel the CEO of USIS to appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Mike Morones/Staff

    Lawmaker wants to subpoena USIS CEO over security lapses

    CEO Sterling Phillips has been refusing for months to answer written questions about recent high-profile incidents, Rep. Elijah Cummings says.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  6. Sen. Lisa Murkowski wants the Forest Service to step up timber harvesting on the Tongass National Forest. File

    Senator wants Tongass National Forest management retooled

    Timber harvest has met only 16.8 percent of the target amount, causing economic harm, Murkowski says.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  7. Union calls on Congress to restore DoD employee appeal rights

    Employees disqualified from holding sensitive but unclassified postions currently have no recourse to the MSPB.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  8. OPM: Fallen federal employees to be honored with flag

    Federal employees who lose their lives on the job will now be honored with a flag given to their beneficiaries, according to regulations finalized today by the Office of Personnel Management.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  9. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-N.V., has signed on to an effort to halt Postal Service plant closures. Getty Images

    Senate leader joins effort to halt Postal Service closures, job cuts

    Lawmakers pressing to stop the Postal Service from closing processing plants and cutting thousands of jobs have received a powerful endorsement, according to a postal union.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  10. Sens. Carl Levin (right) and John McCain are chariman and ranking minority member, respectively, of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images

    Senate subcommittee: No political bias in IRS targeting

    Tax office used 'inappropriate criteria' in targeting Tea Party groups.

    • Sep. 5, 2014
  11. Rep. Darrell Issa is targeting the Labor Department in his latest inquiry into 'frivolous' spending. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

    Issa demands information on 'frivolous' Labor Department spending

    Elevator posters and a book club raise lawmaker's eyebrows.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  12. Private First Class(Pfc) Bowe Bergdahl, before his capture by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Bergdahl was freed May 31, 2014 in exchange for five Taliban inmates held at the Guantanamo prison. /AFP/Getty Images Photo by U.S. Army via Getty Images

    GAO: Bergdahl release violated Antideficiency Act

    The Defense Department should have notifed Congress 30 days before prisoner transfer.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
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