Government Executive - Oversighthttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/Dispatches from Capitol Hill and the executive branchen-usThu, 24 Jul 2014 16:58:22 -0400House Panel Clears Bills in Hopes of Firing ‘Incompetent’ Execs, Record Manipulatorshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/house-panel-clears-bills-hopes-firing-incompetent-execs-record-manipulators/89648/Democrats and advocacy group raise due process concerns.Eric KatzThu, 24 Jul 2014 16:58:22 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/house-panel-clears-bills-hopes-firing-incompetent-execs-record-manipulators/89648/Oversightiluistrator/Shutterstock.comThe 11 Federal Low-Income Programs Paul Ryan Wants to Consolidatehttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/11-federal-low-income-programs-paul-ryan-wants-consolidate/89639/Five agencies administer anti-poverty programs that comprise a big chunk of their budgets.Kellie LunneyThu, 24 Jul 2014 16:55:48 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/11-federal-low-income-programs-paul-ryan-wants-consolidate/89639/OversightA man blows cellulose insulation in the attic of a Colorado home as part of the Energy Department's Weatherization Assistance Program.Energy Department file photoWhy Is This Commerce Department Agency Charging Other Agencies for Free Reports?http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/why-commerce-department-agency-charging-other-agencies-free-reports/89627/Lawmakers say the National Technical Information Service’s repository is a ripoff.Charles S. ClarkThu, 24 Jul 2014 16:16:43 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/why-commerce-department-agency-charging-other-agencies-free-reports/89627/Oversight“NTIS has been trying to profit by selling documents that have little, if anything to do with scientific or technical information, like the Armed Forces Recipe Book,” Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said.Lauren Victoria Burke/APBoehner: House Will Vote to Avoid Shutdown in Septemberhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/boehner-house-will-vote-avoid-shutdown-september/89615/The speaker promises a short-term CR that would kick big spending decisions to the lame-duck.Sarah Mimms, National JournalThu, 24 Jul 2014 15:58:09 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/boehner-house-will-vote-avoid-shutdown-september/89615/OversightSpeaker of the House John Boehner, R-OhioAP PhotoHow Much Does It Cost to Fix the VA?http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/how-much-does-it-cost-fix-va/89564/Proposal to hire 10,000 new clinicians meets with skepticism on the Hill.Jordain Carney, National JournalThu, 24 Jul 2014 12:25:40 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/how-much-does-it-cost-fix-va/89564/OversightSenate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.Cliff Owen/AP File PhotoPlay of the Day: How Cable News Covers Obamacarehttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/play-day-how-cable-news-covers-obamacare/89522/Fox News and CNN describe the decisions as 'chaos.'Mauro Whiteman, National JournalThu, 24 Jul 2014 09:26:18 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/play-day-how-cable-news-covers-obamacare/89522/OversightComedy CentralObama Declares Washington's 250,000-Acre Wildfire An Emergencyhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/obama-declares-washingtons-250000-acre-wildfire-emergency/89501/The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security will coordinate relief efforts and provide equipment to manage the 400-square-mile blaze.David Ludwig, The WireWed, 23 Jul 2014 18:07:18 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/obama-declares-washingtons-250000-acre-wildfire-emergency/89501/OversightFirefighter Kathleen Calvin sits atop her fire truck as smoke from a wildfire fills the sky in Winthrop, Washington.Elaine Thompson/APHouse Republicans Want to Make It Easier to Fire All Senior Executive Service Employeeshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/house-republicans-want-make-it-easier-fire-all-senior-executive-service-employees/89507/Committee will vote on new bill Thursday.Eric KatzWed, 23 Jul 2014 17:44:59 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/house-republicans-want-make-it-easier-fire-all-senior-executive-service-employees/89507/OversightRep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. Associated PressA One-Step Guide to Infuriating an EPA Officialhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/one-step-guide-infuriating-epa-official/89465/Agency chief touts her staff's work after a Republican accused her of kowtowing to a green group.Jason Plautz, National JournalWed, 23 Jul 2014 15:51:27 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/one-step-guide-infuriating-epa-official/89465/OversightEPA administrator Gina McCarthyEPAThe House GOP's Border Proposal Has Washington Headed for a Deadlockhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/house-gops-border-proposal-has-washington-headed-deadlock/89450/Ideas laid out Wednesday morning clash with what the Senate and White House are looking for.Rachel Roubein, National JournalWed, 23 Jul 2014 14:59:42 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/house-gops-border-proposal-has-washington-headed-deadlock/89450/OversightRep. Kay Granger R-TexasHouse GOPEnergy Secretary: Senate Confirmation Delays Leave Science Team Shorthandedhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/energy-secretary-senate-confirmation-delays-leave-science-team-shorthanded/89420/Five key positions are unfilled, Moniz says.Ben Geman, National JournalWed, 23 Jul 2014 12:09:02 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/energy-secretary-senate-confirmation-delays-leave-science-team-shorthanded/89420/Oversight"Our energy science team is not in place," Ernest Moniz said.Energy Department file photoThe VA Is One Step Closer to Getting a New Leaderhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/va-one-step-closer-getting-new-leader/89411/Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee approves Robert McDonald's nomination to lead the scandal-plagued department.Jordain Carney, National JournalWed, 23 Jul 2014 11:46:07 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/va-one-step-closer-getting-new-leader/89411/OversightFlickr user qnrThe Border Surge: Is It a 'Crisis' or Not?http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/border-surge-it-crisis-or-not/89396/Republicans are on a mixed-messaging binge over how best to describe the buildup at the border.Billy House and Rachel Roubein, National JournalWed, 23 Jul 2014 10:48:34 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/border-surge-it-crisis-or-not/89396/OversightCentral American migrants ride a freight train during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border in Ixtepec, Mexico.Eduardo Verdugo/APBoth Parties Looking to Pare Down Obama's Border Fundinghttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/both-parties-looking-pare-down-obamas-border-funding/89381/Senate Democrats propose to cut $1 billion from the president's request; House Republicans are expected to unveil an even deeper cut.Billy House and Michael Catalini, National JournalWed, 23 Jul 2014 10:03:53 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/both-parties-looking-pare-down-obamas-border-funding/89381/OversightSouth Texas Border Patrol agents provide security in the Rio Grande Valley in September.United States Customs and Border ProtectionPlay of the Day: Congress Goes 'Fact Finding' in Honduras and Guatemalahttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/play-day-congress-goes-fact-finding-honduras-and-guatemala-immigration-video/89378/The facts were mostly found in the hotel lobby.Mauro Whiteman, National JournalWed, 23 Jul 2014 09:33:06 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/play-day-congress-goes-fact-finding-honduras-and-guatemala-immigration-video/89378/OversightComedy CentralCutting Red Tape Could Prove Lucrative for Agencieshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/cutting-red-tape-could-prove-lucrative-agencies/89354/To incentivize efficiency, Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, wants to link budgets to improvements in operations.Charles S. ClarkTue, 22 Jul 2014 17:21:13 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/cutting-red-tape-could-prove-lucrative-agencies/89354/OversightKhakimullin Aleksandr/Shutterstock.comObamacare's Road Back to the Supreme Courthttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/obamacares-road-back-supreme-court/89348/With one big loss and one big win on the same day, Obamacare may be headed back to the high court.Sam Baker, National JournalTue, 22 Jul 2014 17:03:05 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/obamacares-road-back-supreme-court/89348/OversightLarry Downing/AP Judge Uses Domino's Pizza to Explain Obamacare Exchangeshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/judge-uses-dominos-pizza-explain-obamacare-exchanges/89312/Buried in today's ruling in favor of Obamacare subsidies is the perfect way to explain the case to people who aren't riveted by health care policy.Arit John, The WireTue, 22 Jul 2014 15:22:19 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/judge-uses-dominos-pizza-explain-obamacare-exchanges/89312/OversightFlickr user Robyn LeeObama's Immigration Choices Will Define the Fate of Both Partieshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/obamas-immigration-choices-will-define-fate-both-parties/89267/Republican presidential contenders could face a difficult choice between infuriating primary voters and permanently alienating Hispanic voters.Ronald Brownstein, National JournalTue, 22 Jul 2014 11:41:54 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/obamas-immigration-choices-will-define-fate-both-parties/89267/Oversight President Barack Obama speaks on the economy at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas.Kye R. Lee/APAmericans Have Some Awful Ideas About Fixing Congresshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/americans-have-some-awful-ideas-about-fixing-congress/89276/Gallup recently asked more than 1,000 Americans "What is the most important thing you would recommend be done to fix Congress?"Arit John, The WireTue, 22 Jul 2014 11:31:09 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/americans-have-some-awful-ideas-about-fixing-congress/89276/OversightBildagentur Zoonar GmbH/Shutterstock.comYes, the Search for the White House Christmas Tree Has Already Begunhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/yes-search-white-house-christmas-tree-has-already-begun/89270/Tree growers descend on southwest Michigan this week to choose which farm will provide the White House with its Christmas tree.Matt Vasilogambros, National JournalTue, 22 Jul 2014 10:54:20 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/yes-search-white-house-christmas-tree-has-already-begun/89270/OversightThe ornament laden White House Christmas tree is seen in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. Jacquelyn Martin/APRepublicans Prep Funding to Keep Government Open Through Election Dayhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/republicans-prep-funding-keep-government-open-through-election-day/89252/It looks like the fiscal 2015 appropriations process is already dead.Billy House, National JournalTue, 22 Jul 2014 09:43:10 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/republicans-prep-funding-keep-government-open-through-election-day/89252/OversightOffice of the Speaker of the House Play of the Day: The Russian Theory Of The Zombie Plane Crashhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/play-day-russian-theory-zombie-plane-crash/89249/Maybe the Dutch are responsible for the MH17 tragedy. But probably not.Mauro Whiteman, National JournalTue, 22 Jul 2014 09:29:02 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/play-day-russian-theory-zombie-plane-crash/89249/OversightComedy CentralDisruptive Politicshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/on-politics/2014/07/disruptive-politics/89171/Rising populism is altering the identities of both parties—and scaring the heck out of the establishment.Charlie Cook, National JournalMon, 21 Jul 2014 17:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/on-politics/2014/07/disruptive-politics/89171/Oversight - On PoliticsTea Party protestors rally in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2010.miker/Shutterstock.comIs the White House Lying or Just Bad at Crisis Communications?http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/white-house-lying-or-just-bad-crisis-communications/89156/Ordering a cheeseburger with fries while a downed airline smolders may not have been a great decision.Ron Fournier, National JournalMon, 21 Jul 2014 11:52:17 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/white-house-lying-or-just-bad-crisis-communications/89156/OversightDan Thornberg/Shutterstock.com