GOP pledges to step up oversight create both danger and opportunity.
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Only 39 lawmakers favored suspending the chamber's rules and voting directly on the proposal.
Gene Dodaro is a 30-year veteran of GAO, and has run the agency in an acting role since March 2008.
Chamber's version leaves FDA funding for expanded investigations up to appropriators.
Gates says Congress should act this year to repeal the ban on openly gay troops, to prevent the courts from abruptly making changes.
Democrats express tentative opposition to Obama proposal while Republicans call for more-drastic cuts.
Glenn Fine was viewed as a champion of his office’s independence at a time when some are calling for enhanced IG investigative powers.
Agency sought advanced technologies prior to concerns over full-body scans and pat-downs.
Industry contractors had questioned whether the legislation would limit their ability to provide administrative support.
A two-week continuing resolution is on tap, to keep government running through about Dec. 17.