Government Executive - Oversighthttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/Dispatches from Capitol Hill and the executive branchen-usTue, 29 Jul 2014 14:51:11 -0400House Passes Ambitious Reorganization of U.S. International Broadcastinghttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/house-passes-ambitious-reorganization-us-international-broadcasting/89972/Foreign Affairs Chairman Royce calls part-time BBG 'broken and ineffective.'Charles S. ClarkTue, 29 Jul 2014 14:51:11 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/house-passes-ambitious-reorganization-us-international-broadcasting/89972/OversightRep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., introduced the bill in April. Flickr user csufnewsphotosHouse Republicans Unveil Their Border Billhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/house-republicans-unveil-their-border-bill/89975/It looks as if it can pass the House. But the Senate is a totally different story.Tim Alberta and Rachel Roubein, National JournalTue, 29 Jul 2014 14:26:09 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/house-republicans-unveil-their-border-bill/89975/Oversight"I actually sense a lot of unanimity around this, and, again, people feel like it's been done thoughtfully in response to a crisis," Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., House GOP via FlickrBenghazi Select Committee to Meet With Victims' Families This Weekhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/benghazi-select-committee-meet-victims-families-week/89924/"If they have questions that are still out there, I think we want to know what those questions are," ranking Democrat says.Sarah Mimms, National JournalTue, 29 Jul 2014 10:12:35 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/benghazi-select-committee-meet-victims-families-week/89924/Oversight"It's an important conversation because I think it will help us to refocus on the fact that there are people who lost their loved ones," Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said.Flickr user hocolibraryThe Senate Has a New Plot to Thwart NSA Spyinghttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/senate-has-new-plot-thwart-nsa-spying/89894/A reworked bill in the Senate being introduced this week is renewing confidence among anti-surveillance crusaders.Dustin Volz, National JournalTue, 29 Jul 2014 10:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/senate-has-new-plot-thwart-nsa-spying/89894/OversightSen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.Flickr user Talk Radio News ServiceDissenting Vote on Border Funds Sought in Househttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/dissenting-vote-border-funds-sought-house/89927/Conservatives want a resolution saying President Obama has all the tools he needs to respond to the flood of undocumented immigrants.Billy House and Rachel Roubein, National JournalTue, 29 Jul 2014 09:37:39 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/dissenting-vote-border-funds-sought-house/89927/OversightSouth Texas Border Patrol vehicle covers tracks that could help illegal immigrants find their way. Donna Burton/Customs and Border ProtectionPlay of the Day: Can Anybody Broker A Lasting Ceasefire Between Israel and Hamas?http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/play-day-can-anybody-broker-lasting-ceasefire-between-israel-and-hamas/89948/John Kerry isn't the answer, says The Daily Show.Mauro Whiteman, National JournalTue, 29 Jul 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/play-day-can-anybody-broker-lasting-ceasefire-between-israel-and-hamas/89948/OversightComedy CentralBlocking the Vote in Congresshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/on-politics/2014/07/blocking-vote-congress/89828/A big country has big problems—but the systematic failure of congressional leadership is making them impossible to tackle.Charlie Cook, National JournalMon, 28 Jul 2014 17:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/on-politics/2014/07/blocking-vote-congress/89828/Oversight - On PoliticsCondor 36/Shutterstock.comThe Most Famous Whistleblowers on Why They Leakedhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/most-famous-whistleblowers-why-they-leaked/89801/Daniel Ellsberg and Edward Snowden on accountability in government.Conor Friedersdorf, The AtlanticMon, 28 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/most-famous-whistleblowers-why-they-leaked/89801/OversightA poster of Edward Snowden's face hangs in Berlin in June after a rally.Bocman1973/Shutterstock.comHouse GOP Leaders Prepare to Swap Titles—and Office Spacehttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/house-gop-leaders-prepare-swap-titlesand-office-space/89795/A reminder about the Capitol: "Nothing is more important here to people than real estate."Billy House, National JournalMon, 28 Jul 2014 10:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/house-gop-leaders-prepare-swap-titlesand-office-space/89795/OversightAs of Aug. 1, Kevin McCarthy, right, is the majority leader and Steve Scalise is the new majority whip.J. Scott Applewhite/APPlay of the Day: America's Totally Nonsensical Nuclear Stockpilehttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/play-day-americas-totally-nonsensical-nuclear-stockpile-video-john-oliver/89789/John Oliver looks at the quantity of American nukes.Mauro Whiteman, National JournalMon, 28 Jul 2014 09:38:31 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/play-day-americas-totally-nonsensical-nuclear-stockpile-video-john-oliver/89789/OversightHBOTop Obama Aide Concerned by Impeachment Threatshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/top-obama-aide-concerned-impeachment-threats/89747/A recent poll found that 57 percent of Republicans want to impeach the President.David Ludwig, The WireFri, 25 Jul 2014 17:32:06 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/top-obama-aide-concerned-impeachment-threats/89747/Oversight President Barack Obama, and senior adviser Dan PfeifferCharles Dharapak/APObama Finally Floats a Refugee Plan As Support for Deportation Growshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/obama-finally-floats-refugee-plan-support-deportation-grows/89750/Obama administration officials are considering a plan that would allow Hondurans under 21 to apply for refugee status from their home country, without having to make the dangerous trek to America.Arit John, The WireFri, 25 Jul 2014 17:07:42 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/obama-finally-floats-refugee-plan-support-deportation-grows/89750/OversightGuatemala's President Otto Perez Molina, left, listens as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the media next to Honduran President Juan Hernandez after they met to discuss Central American immigration and the border crisis.AP PhotoCongressman Suggests Issa Install Pool to Root Out Suspected Witcheshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/congressman-suggests-issa-install-pool-root-out-suspected-witches/89756/Democrat Tony Cardenas trolls Darrell Issa in calling for a “Senator Joseph R. McCarthy Memorial Truth Pond."Sarah Mimms, National JournalFri, 25 Jul 2014 16:53:18 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/congressman-suggests-issa-install-pool-root-out-suspected-witches/89756/Oversight Andrey Armyagov/Shutterstock.comHiring Reform Bill Gains Momentum on Capitol Hillhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/hiring-reform-bill-gains-momentum-capitol-hill/89753/Bipartisan House duo introduces companion to Senate measure allowing agencies to share information on qualified applicants.Eric KatzFri, 25 Jul 2014 16:42:47 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/hiring-reform-bill-gains-momentum-capitol-hill/89753/OversightRep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va.Flickr user CliffHouse Republicans Prepare Vote for Next Week on Border Packagehttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/house-republicans-prepare-vote-next-week-border-package/89717/McCarthy, Scalise face first big leadership test.Billy House and Rachel Roubein, National JournalFri, 25 Jul 2014 14:25:17 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/house-republicans-prepare-vote-next-week-border-package/89717/OversightImmigrants are detained by the Arizona border in 2007.Ross D. Franklin/AP file photoWhite House Again Rebuffs Issa Subpoena of Political Chiefhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/white-house-again-rebuffs-issa-subpoena-political-chief/89693/Head of outreach strategy office David Simas is no-show at hearing.Charles S. ClarkFri, 25 Jul 2014 11:09:34 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/white-house-again-rebuffs-issa-subpoena-political-chief/89693/OversightKaren Grigoryan/Shutterstock.comPlay of the Day: Forget Republicans And Democrats, Voters Want The Galactic Empirehttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/play-day-forget-republicans-and-democrats-voters-want-galactic-empire-darth-vader/89663/Jimmy Fallon sees Darth Vader as a 2016 candidate.Mauro Whiteman, National JournalFri, 25 Jul 2014 09:30:56 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/07/play-day-forget-republicans-and-democrats-voters-want-galactic-empire-darth-vader/89663/OversightNBCHouse 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 Press