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Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., is among a cadre of lawmakers carving out a niche in government oversight.

Lawmakers bring different styles to watchdog role

Three legislative watchdogs from varied backgrounds step into new oversight territory.

GAO: Federal Protective Service lacks long-term workforce plan

Absence of strategic plan has led to inconsistent policies, report says.

Analysis: Does Obama's visibility mean greater transparency?

Open government advocates say new media efforts come closer than prime time television appearances to meeting transparency goals.

Prospects for homeland security policy bill look better next year

Since its creation in 2003, DHS has never operated under authorization legislation.

Senate clears Energy and Water bill, Agriculture up next

Lawmakers approve amendment that requires competitive bidding on projects funded by the Energy bill, with some exceptions.

Postal Service health is still a concern

Lawmakers worry about potential disruption to communities resulting from a switch to five-day delivery and post office closures.

House votes to end F-22 fighter jet production

President Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other senior administration officials are pushing to end the program.

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SBA points to progress combating abuse of HUBZone program

Administrator Karen Mills testifies the agency has increased site visits and is reforming its process of certifying firms’ eligibility.

From Nextgov.com: Agencies fail to make information sharing a priority

Intel official tells lawmakers the system for implementing cross-government efforts is broken.

Effort to salvage helicopter program draws veto threat

White House "strongly objects" to any funding in the Defense authorization bill that would continue the troubled presidential helicopter program.