Government Executive - Oversighthttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/Dispatches from Capitol Hill and the executive branchen-usWed, 26 Nov 2014 10:02:42 -0500With Proposed New Ozone Rule, Obama Tees Up Next Environmental Fighthttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/proposed-new-ozone-rule-obama-tees-next-environmental-fight/100004/EPA is proposing to lower the smog standard, and environmentalists are determined to make it happen this time.Jason Plautz, National JournalWed, 26 Nov 2014 10:02:42 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/proposed-new-ozone-rule-obama-tees-next-environmental-fight/100004/OversightTatiana Grozetskaya / Shutterstock.comPlay of the Day: Thanksgiving Predictionshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/play-day-thanksgiving-predictions/100001/Black Friday shoppers are a bigger threat than the weather.Reena FloresWed, 26 Nov 2014 09:26:35 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/play-day-thanksgiving-predictions/100001/OversightCBSFeds Accuse Sony of Overhyping PlayStation Featureshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/feds-accuse-sony-overhyping-playstation-features/99971/If you bought a PlayStation Vita, you could soon be getting a refund thanks to a federal settlement.Brendan Sasso, National JournalTue, 25 Nov 2014 17:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/feds-accuse-sony-overhyping-playstation-features/99971/OversightBarone Firenze / Shutterstock.com file photoNearly 1 Million Feds Will Soon Be Notified of Their Right to Join Shutdown Lawsuithttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/nearly-1-million-feds-will-soon-be-notified-their-right-join-shutdown-lawsuit/99980/After initial ruling in their favor, shutdown-excepted employees continue lawsuit looking for bonus compensation.Eric KatzTue, 25 Nov 2014 16:50:36 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/nearly-1-million-feds-will-soon-be-notified-their-right-join-shutdown-lawsuit/99980/OversightFlickr user Mount Rainier National ParkSchumer: Government Management Failures Contributed to Democrats’ Midterm Losseshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/schumer-government-management-failures-contributed-democrats-midterm-losses/99959/Obamacare and veterans’ health debacles hurt Americans’ faith in government, senator says.Charles S. ClarkTue, 25 Nov 2014 16:03:02 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/schumer-government-management-failures-contributed-democrats-midterm-losses/99959/OversightSen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP file photoPlay of the Day: Closing the Door on Chuck Hagelhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/play-day-closing-door-chuck-hagel/99893/Late-night looks at the departing Defense chief.Reena Flores, National JournalTue, 25 Nov 2014 09:24:52 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/play-day-closing-door-chuck-hagel/99893/OversightDefense DepartmentObama Says He Will Walk John Boehner's Nonexistent Doghttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/obama-again-offers-walk-john-boehners-non-existent-dog-president-bo/99848/The president has been using the same joke about compromise since 2012.Marina Koren, National JournalMon, 24 Nov 2014 16:34:45 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/obama-again-offers-walk-john-boehners-non-existent-dog-president-bo/99848/OversightThe president can always walk his own dog, Bo. White House file photoWho Will Pay Ebola Patients' Medical Bills in the U.S.?http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/who-will-pay-ebola-patients-medical-bills-us/99785/Some hospitals and lawmakers are looking to the federal government to cover treatment, which can total more than $1 million for a single patient.Marina Koren, National JournalMon, 24 Nov 2014 10:08:03 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/who-will-pay-ebola-patients-medical-bills-us/99785/OversightEbola patient Craig Spencer leaves the hospital where he was treated in New York. Richard Drew/APTime Is Running Out on the CIA Torture Reporthttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/time-running-out-cia-torture-report/99788/The Senate still thinks it can wrap up negotiations with the White House before the year ends. But the clock is ticking.Dustin Volz and Lauren Fox, National JournalMon, 24 Nov 2014 09:57:23 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/time-running-out-cia-torture-report/99788/Oversight"We are down to essentially one item in the redaction. It happens to be a very sensitive and important item," Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said. "It is going to get done, so don't worry about that."Office of Sen. Jay Rockefeller IVTed Cruz: Republicans Shouldn't Fear a Government Shutdown Over Immigrationhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/ted-cruz-republicans-shouldnt-fear-government-shutdown-over-immigration/99773/The senator says the 2013 shutdown over Obamacare didn't hurt his party at the polls. So why should the GOP fear one over immigration?Dustin Volz, National JournalMon, 24 Nov 2014 09:43:47 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/ted-cruz-republicans-shouldnt-fear-government-shutdown-over-immigration/99773/OversightSen. Ted Cruz, R-TexasFlickr user Gage SkidmorePlay of the Day: Revising How A Bill Becomes A Law http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/play-day-revising-how-bill-becomes-law/99767/Saturday Night Live channels Schoolhouse Rock.Reena Flores, National JournalMon, 24 Nov 2014 09:16:49 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/play-day-revising-how-bill-becomes-law/99767/OversightNBC House Files Lawsuit Against Administration Over Obamacarehttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/house-files-lawsuit-against-administration-over-obamacare/99725/GOP accuses White House of exceeding its authority in implementation of health law, does not include immigration order in suit.Daniel Newhauser, National JournalFri, 21 Nov 2014 16:50:29 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/house-files-lawsuit-against-administration-over-obamacare/99725/Oversight"The House has an obligation to stand up for the Constitution," said Speaker John Boehner. J. Scott Applewhite/APPlay of the Day: The Pros and Cons of Keystone XLhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/play-day-pros-and-cons-keystone-xl/99647/The recent failure of the project doesn't mean the conversation is over.Reena Flores, National JournalFri, 21 Nov 2014 09:40:40 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/play-day-pros-and-cons-keystone-xl/99647/OversightComedy CentralHillary Clinton Breaks Her Silence on Immigration Reformhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/hillary-clinton-breaks-her-silence-immigration-reform/99641/"I support the president's decision to begin fixing our broken immigration system," she said in a statement.Emma Roller, National JournalFri, 21 Nov 2014 09:30:36 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/hillary-clinton-breaks-her-silence-immigration-reform/99641/OversightDanny Johnston/APStorify: Public Officials React to Obama's Immigration Addresshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/storify-public-officials-react-obamas-immigration-address/99629/Social media reactions to Obama's announcement, mostly along party lines.Ross GianfortuneThu, 20 Nov 2014 21:16:07 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/storify-public-officials-react-obamas-immigration-address/99629/OversightWhite House via YouTubeAppropriations Chair: Immigration Order Can't be Defunded Through Spending Billhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/gop-options-block-obamas-immigration-order-are-narrowing/99626/Citizenship and Immigration Services receives most of its funding through application and petition fees.Rachel Roubein and Daniel Newhauser, National JournalThu, 20 Nov 2014 21:14:48 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/gop-options-block-obamas-immigration-order-are-narrowing/99626/Oversight"To alter or change the fee matter, it would take a change of law," said Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers. J. Scott Applewhite/AP file photoNothing Unites Congress Like Fighting Nazishttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/nothing-unites-congress-fighting-nazis/99575/Lawmakers have rushed to close a loophole that allows suspected war criminals to claim millions in Social Security, but they're not going to get taxpayers' money back.Russell Berman, The AtlanticThu, 20 Nov 2014 16:11:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/nothing-unites-congress-fighting-nazis/99575/OversightJose Angel Astor Rocha/Shutterstock.comPelosi Compares Obama Immigration Order to Emancipation Proclamationhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/pelosi-compares-obama-immigration-order-emancipation-proclamation/99563/The Democratic leader accuses GOP foes of having very short memories when it comes to executive action.Billy House, National JournalThu, 20 Nov 2014 15:45:53 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/pelosi-compares-obama-immigration-order-emancipation-proclamation/99563/OversightOrhan Cam/Shutterstock.comRepublicans See an Upside to a Government Shutdown Over Immigrationhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/republicans-see-upside-government-shutdown-over-immigration/99509/Shutdowns are a showcase for intransigence, but they haven’t yet spelled electoral doom for the GOP.Lauren Fox, National JournalThu, 20 Nov 2014 10:12:01 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/republicans-see-upside-government-shutdown-over-immigration/99509/OversightFlickr user Scott Kirkwood/NPCAPlay of the Day: The Pigs Behind Chris Christie's Big Dilemmahttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/play-day-pigs-behind-chris-christies-big-dilemma/99503/Porcine confinement is the latest issue for New Jersey's governor.Reena Flores, National JournalThu, 20 Nov 2014 09:07:04 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/play-day-pigs-behind-chris-christies-big-dilemma/99503/Oversight Igor Stramyk/Shutterstock.comThe Capitol Dome Is Ready for Its Makeoverhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/capitol-dome-ready-its-makeover/99434/The scaffolding is complete. Now the real restoration work can begin.Rachel Roubein, National JournalWed, 19 Nov 2014 12:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/capitol-dome-ready-its-makeover/99434/OversightArchitect of the CapitolNSA Reform Stalls, Rand Paul Votes Nohttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/nsa-reform-stalls-rand-paul-votes-no/99440/The defeat marks an abrupt setback for the post-Snowden movement to rein in U.S. spying practices.Dustin Volz, National JournalWed, 19 Nov 2014 10:11:58 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/nsa-reform-stalls-rand-paul-votes-no/99440/OversightChristopher Halloran / Shutterstock.comPlay of the Day: The Only Conversation Around Obamacarehttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/play-day-only-conversation-around-obamacare/99419/Jonathan Gruber is the one thing everyone is talking about.Reena Flores, National JournalWed, 19 Nov 2014 09:07:48 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/play-day-only-conversation-around-obamacare/99419/OversightComedy CentralChaffetz Will Replace Issa as House Oversight and Government Reform Chairmanhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/chaffetz-will-replace-issa-house-oversight-and-government-reform-chairman/99404/Media-savvy Republican has shepherded legislation affecting federal employees’ pay and benefits.Kellie LunneyTue, 18 Nov 2014 19:19:13 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/chaffetz-will-replace-issa-house-oversight-and-government-reform-chairman/99404/OversightHouse GOPFeds Spend More Time Working for Unions than Reportedhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/feds-spend-more-time-working-unions-reported/99374/Nearly 400 federal employees work full time for unions on their government salary.Eric KatzTue, 18 Nov 2014 18:27:34 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/feds-spend-more-time-working-unions-reported/99374/OversightSen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., says the data about VA employees claiming official time is disturbing.Susan Walsh/AP