Government Executive - Oversighthttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/Dispatches from Capitol Hill and the executive branchen-usWed, 16 Apr 2014 16:51:58 -0400Obama's Real Job: Fundraiser in Chiefhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/obamas-real-job-fundraiser-chief/82624/The Supreme Court's latest campaign finance decision is going to put even more pressure on the president to spend time chasing cash.James Oliphant, National JournalWed, 16 Apr 2014 16:51:58 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/obamas-real-job-fundraiser-chief/82624/OversightCraig Ruttle/APWhy a Sebelius Senate Run Could Help Republicanshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/why-sebelius-senate-run-could-help-republicans/82651/Having the woman who oversaw the rollout of the Affordable Care Act on the ballot could boost GOP fundraising efforts.Sarah Mimms, National JournalWed, 16 Apr 2014 13:53:03 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/why-sebelius-senate-run-could-help-republicans/82651/OversightFormer Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusSusan Walsh/APVirginia Hasn't Learned Anything From Last Year's Government Shutdownhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/virginia-hasnt-learned-anything-last-years-government-shutdown/82648/The commonwealth's current budget impasse centers around Medicaid expansion.Elahe Izadi, National JournalWed, 16 Apr 2014 13:40:13 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/virginia-hasnt-learned-anything-last-years-government-shutdown/82648/OversightPhotoXpressThe Fight Over the Bundy Cows Will End as Civics 101, Not Fort Sumter IIhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/fight-over-bundy-cows-will-end-civics-101-not-fort-sumter-ii/82618/Government is bringing its legal powers to bear on rancher who initiated an armed stand-off with BLM.Philip Bump, The WireWed, 16 Apr 2014 10:16:13 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/fight-over-bundy-cows-will-end-civics-101-not-fort-sumter-ii/82618/OversightArina P Habich/Shutterstock.comPlay of the Day: Your Tax Dollars at Workhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/play-day-your-tax-dollars-work/82615/Craig Ferguson is happy with the return on his California taxes.Reena FloresWed, 16 Apr 2014 09:29:56 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/play-day-your-tax-dollars-work/82615/OversightCBSPlay of the Day: Putin Is Making New Friends Since Leaving the G8http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/play-day-putin-making-new-friends-leaving-g8/82543/The Russian leader has been missing a lot since leaving the G8.Mauro Whiteman, National JournalTue, 15 Apr 2014 09:51:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/play-day-putin-making-new-friends-leaving-g8/82543/OversightFrederic Legrand/Shutterstock.comAre We Heading Back Toward $1 Trillion Budget Deficits?http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/are-we-heading-back-toward-1-trillion-budget-deficits/82540/Congressional auditors urge lawmakers to alter tax and spending policies to prevent a fiscal fiasco.Billy House, National JournalTue, 15 Apr 2014 09:38:55 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/are-we-heading-back-toward-1-trillion-budget-deficits/82540/OversightJ. Scott Applewhite/APNo Perfect Political Weaponhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/on-politics/2014/04/no-perfect-political-weapon/82474/A new poll tests voters' attitudes about two key 2014 topics: Obamacare and the economy.Charlie CookMon, 14 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/on-politics/2014/04/no-perfect-political-weapon/82474/Oversight - On PoliticsKen Durden/Shutterstock.comTransparency Group Wants to Know If HUD’s Promotion of Obamacare Was Illegalhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/transparency-group-wants-know-if-huds-promotion-obamacare-was-illegal/82507/Cause of Action tells IGs department may have broken the law by working on a project outside its appropriations.Charles S. ClarkMon, 14 Apr 2014 16:23:52 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/transparency-group-wants-know-if-huds-promotion-obamacare-was-illegal/82507/OversightJon Elswick/APLawmaker Looks to Reform Agencies Without Hurting Their Employeeshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/lawmaker-looks-reform-agencies-without-hurting-their-employees/82495/Maine Democrat advocates more fed-friendly plans to overhaul VA and USPS management.Eric KatzMon, 14 Apr 2014 15:41:54 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/lawmaker-looks-reform-agencies-without-hurting-their-employees/82495/OversightRep. Mike Michaud backs a gentler approach than Republican colleagues. Cliff Owen/APPlay of the Day: How to Visualize Paycheck Fairnesshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/play-day-how-visualize-paycheck-fairness/82435/Fallon looks at some hypotheticals in the Senate.Reena Flores, National JournalMon, 14 Apr 2014 09:23:52 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/play-day-how-visualize-paycheck-fairness/82435/OversightNBCHouse Conservatives Plot to Oust Boehner, Put Scare Into Cantorhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/house-conservatives-plot-oust-boehner-put-scare-cantor/82399/One plan: Force the speaker to step aside before the new year.Tim Alberta, National JournalFri, 11 Apr 2014 15:02:30 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/house-conservatives-plot-oust-boehner-put-scare-cantor/82399/OversightJ. Scott Applewhite/APPlay of the Day: GOP Candidates Promise to 'Kill' Obamacarehttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/play-day-gop-candidates-promise-kill-obamacare/82366/Watch GOP candidates use their guns to 'kill' the Affordable Care Act.Mauro Whiteman, National JournalFri, 11 Apr 2014 10:13:17 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/play-day-gop-candidates-promise-kill-obamacare/82366/OversightCandidates in ads shot paper copies of The Affordable Care Act with shotguns.Comedy Central via YouTubeBlowing the Whistle at Your Agency May Have Just Gotten Easierhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/blowing-whistle-your-agency-may-have-just-gotten-easier/82318/Senator is creating a new caucus to ensure whistleblower protections are enforced.Eric KatzThu, 10 Apr 2014 15:44:29 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/blowing-whistle-your-agency-may-have-just-gotten-easier/82318/OversightSen. Chuck Grassley, R-IowaJ. Scott Applewhite/APHouse Panel Holds Ex-IRS Official in Contempthttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/house-panel-holds-ex-irs-official-contempt/82309/Oversight panel divides over whether Lerner waived Fifth Amendment rights.Charles S. ClarkThu, 10 Apr 2014 15:12:44 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/house-panel-holds-ex-irs-official-contempt/82309/OversightFormer IRS official Lois LernerLauren Victoria Burke/APPlay of the Day: Obama's Equal Pay Hypocrisyhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/play-day-obamas-equal-pay-hypocrisy/82264/Watch Stephen Colbert explain how White House women are getting the short end of the pay stubMauro Whiteman, National JournalThu, 10 Apr 2014 10:05:51 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/play-day-obamas-equal-pay-hypocrisy/82264/OversightComedy CentralRepublicans Want to Fire Someone to Stop Preventable Veteran Deathshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/republicans-want-fire-someone-stop-preventable-veteran-deaths/82276/But VA officials warn against widespread punishment for what they see as a limited problem.Jordain Carney, National JournalThu, 10 Apr 2014 09:59:17 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/republicans-want-fire-someone-stop-preventable-veteran-deaths/82276/OversightA wheelchair sits outside the Atlanta VA Medical Center, Friday, May 24, 2013.David Goldman/APHouse Panel: No Pay Raises for Congress in 2015 http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/house-panel-no-pay-raises-congress-2015/82216/Appropriations committee rejects a bid to grant lawmakers a per diem for living expenses.Kellie LunneyWed, 09 Apr 2014 15:27:56 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/house-panel-no-pay-raises-congress-2015/82216/OversightOrhan Cam/Shutterstock.comDemocrats: Prosecuting Lois Lerner Could Violate Your Privacyhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/democrats-say-prosecuting-lois-lerner-could-violate-your-privacy/82165/One panel plans to seek criminal charges against the former IRS official for her role in the controversy, while another considers holding her in contempt of Congress.Billy House, National JournalWed, 09 Apr 2014 10:06:10 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/democrats-say-prosecuting-lois-lerner-could-violate-your-privacy/82165/OversightFormer IRS official Lois LernerLauren Victoria Burke/APPlay of the Day: Geography Is a Democratic Processhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/play-day-geography-democratic-process/82162/According to a new survey, the less Americans know about Ukraine's location, the more likely they are to support U.S. intervention.Reena Flores, National JournalWed, 09 Apr 2014 09:28:08 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/play-day-geography-democratic-process/82162/Oversight ojka/Shutterstock.comWoman Killed in Capitol Hill Chase Was Shot Five Timeshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/woman-killed-capitol-hill-chase-was-shot-five-times/82141/Autopsy report shows that Miriam Carey was shot from behind, including once in the head.Billy House, National JournalTue, 08 Apr 2014 17:19:14 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/woman-killed-capitol-hill-chase-was-shot-five-times/82141/OversightEvan Vucci/AP file photoRepublicans, White House Finally Agree on Something: Postal Reformhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/republicans-white-house-finally-agree-something-postal-reform/82132/Hearing showcases progress on ever-elusive USPS overhaul, though many hurdles remain.Eric KatzTue, 08 Apr 2014 16:21:53 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/republicans-white-house-finally-agree-something-postal-reform/82132/OversightLauren Victoria Burke/APPlay of the Day: Jeb Bush's Border Problemhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/play-day-jeb-bushs-border-problem/82072/Stephen Colbert balks at the presidential hopeful's comments.Reena Flores, National JournalTue, 08 Apr 2014 09:19:38 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/play-day-jeb-bushs-border-problem/82072/OversightComedy CentralEarly Predictions on the 2016 GOP Presidential Nominationhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/on-politics/2014/04/my-republican-bracket/82015/Logic would argue for a center-right pick, but it is clear the passion has been on the right.Charlie Cook, National JournalTue, 08 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/on-politics/2014/04/my-republican-bracket/82015/Oversight - On PoliticsJeb Bush is a contender for the 2016 GOP nomination.Wilfredo Lee/APHouse Partisans Keep Going Back and Forth on IRS Targeting of Nonprofitshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/house-partisans-keep-going-back-and-forth-irs-targeting-nonprofits/82036/New Issa report says progressives were not treated as badly as conservatives.Charles S. ClarkMon, 07 Apr 2014 16:17:38 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/04/house-partisans-keep-going-back-and-forth-irs-targeting-nonprofits/82036/Oversight“[T]here is simply no evidence that any liberal or progressive group received enhanced scrutiny because its application reflected the organization’s political views,” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., wrote.Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.com