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OMB defends actions on improper payments

The Office of Management and Budget rejects criticism that it was lax in implementing the 2002 Improper Payments Act.

Investigate Thyself

Amid a growing procurement scandal at the Federal Technology Service, the agency has hired a firm with deep ties to the federal contracting world to review how it does business.

Lawmakers remain skeptical of linking budgets, performance

During the fiscal 2004 budget process, congressional appropriators showed only limited support for a Bush administration initiative to link agencies' funding requests to program performance.

Congressman blasts Bush on terrorist screening efforts

A key House lawmaker said Tuesday that homeland security efforts are being undermined because the Bush administration has failed to create a unified terrorist watch list and make the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center fully operational.