The Office of Special Counsel recorded 299 complaints last year -- an all-time high for the independent investigative agency.
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Program partly aimed at offsetting anticipated retirements at the FAA.
High-profile members of the institution's oversight board may not be able to put in the necessary time and attention, senator says.
Head of the audit agency says budget boost would help with heavier workload and allow projects beyond issuing reports.
Regular meetings with stakeholders and contractors help ensure tasks are on schedule and risks are addressed, IG finds.
Agency would like to be able to offer permanent employees incentives to switch to temporary status.
Failure to re-bid a $5.2 million contract has a high-ranking finance panel member questioning the agency's acquisition practices.
House and Senate are close on discretionary spending, with a likely outcome to be overall spending in the $20 billion range above the White House request.
Agency budget contains legislative proposals aimed at taking a $29 billion bite into the tax gap over 10 years.
Though participation in program is decreasing, the IRS reports that complaints are down to one per every 2,193 returns.