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Oversight Insight

GOP pledges to step up oversight create both danger and opportunity.

Earmark ban fails in Senate

Only 39 lawmakers favored suspending the chamber's rules and voting directly on the proposal.

Senate oversight committee confirms comptroller general

Gene Dodaro is a 30-year veteran of GAO, and has run the agency in an acting role since March 2008.

Senate passes food safety bill

Chamber's version leaves FDA funding for expanded investigations up to appropriators.

Defense study bolsters case for ending ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

Gates says Congress should act this year to repeal the ban on openly gay troops, to prevent the courts from abruptly making changes.

Democrat Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said the proposal reinforces a public perception that feds are overpaid.

Pay freeze prompts concerns in Congress

Democrats express tentative opposition to Obama proposal while Republicans call for more-drastic cuts.

Justice inspector general announces retirement

Glenn Fine was viewed as a champion of his office’s independence at a time when some are calling for enhanced IG investigative powers.

From Nextgov.com: TSA seeks improved airport screening methods

Agency sought advanced technologies prior to concerns over full-body scans and pat-downs.

GPRA bill on track after ‘inherently governmental’ speed bump

Industry contractors had questioned whether the legislation would limit their ability to provide administrative support.

House, Senate eye short-term funding extensions

A two-week continuing resolution is on tap, to keep government running through about Dec. 17.