Government Executive - Oversighthttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/Dispatches from Capitol Hill and the executive branchen-usThu, 26 Mar 2015 14:01:12 -0400Ways and Means Readies a Batch of Bills Targeting IRShttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/ways-and-means-readies-batch-bills-targeting-irs/108547/Exempt Organizations employees showing political bias could be fired.Charles S. ClarkThu, 26 Mar 2015 14:01:12 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/ways-and-means-readies-batch-bills-targeting-irs/108547/OversightMark Van Scyoc / Shutterstock.comThere's an IRS Investigation That's Bipartisan and Leak-Freehttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/theres-irs-investigation-s-bipartisan-and-leak-free/108523/The Finance Committee's probe of how the tax agency handled conservative groups has stayed below the radar, and that's by design.Fawn Johnson, National JournalThu, 26 Mar 2015 10:17:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/theres-irs-investigation-s-bipartisan-and-leak-free/108523/Oversight Senate Finance Committee members, from left, Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev. and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., ask Jacob Lew questions during a February hearing.J. Scott Applewhite/APPlay of the Day: Ted Cruz Is Now On Obamacare. What Will He Do Next?http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/play-day-ted-cruz-now-obamacare-what-will-he-do-next-video/108514/Planned Parenthood? A gay wedding?Ross GianfortuneThu, 26 Mar 2015 09:53:46 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/play-day-ted-cruz-now-obamacare-what-will-he-do-next-video/108514/OversightChristopher Halloran / Shutterstock.com file photoHouse Approves Budget That Cuts Agency Spending and Employee Compensation http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/house-approves-budget-cuts-agency-spending-and-employee-compensation/108484/Senate still working on its own budget resolution.Eric KatzWed, 25 Mar 2015 19:27:55 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/house-approves-budget-cuts-agency-spending-and-employee-compensation/108484/OversightArchitect of the CapitolBill Allowing Uncle Sam to Fire Federal Tax Cheats Resurfaceshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/bill-allowing-uncle-sam-fire-federal-tax-cheats-resurfaces/108430/A House panel advanced the legislation, unpopular with many feds, on Wednesday.Kellie LunneyWed, 25 Mar 2015 14:42:43 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/bill-allowing-uncle-sam-fire-federal-tax-cheats-resurfaces/108430/OversightTeri Virbickis / Shutterstock.comModified FOIA Reform Bill Clears House Oversight Panelhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/modified-foia-reform-bill-clears-house-oversight-panel/108412/GSA is preparing a centralized portal to consolidate all requests.Charles S. ClarkWed, 25 Mar 2015 12:43:45 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/modified-foia-reform-bill-clears-house-oversight-panel/108412/OversightThe bill was introduced by former House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings (not pictured). Molly Riley/AP The Tiny Little Budget Provision That Could Destroy the Sequesterhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/tiny-little-budget-provision-could-destroy-sequester/108361/For a year or two anyway.Sarah Mimms, National JournalWed, 25 Mar 2015 09:49:45 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/tiny-little-budget-provision-could-destroy-sequester/108361/OversightProvision is "an important first step" in overturning the sequester caps, said Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.J. Scott Applewhite/APPlay of the Day: Ted Cruz Wants to Abolish the IRShttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/play-day-ted-cruz-wants-abolish-irs/108364/The Texan proposes a flat tax. But who will collect the flat tax revenue?Ross GianfortuneWed, 25 Mar 2015 09:46:05 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/play-day-ted-cruz-wants-abolish-irs/108364/OversightWe're going to have to turn this into a warehouse of some sort.Mark Van Scyoc / Shutterstock.comClinton's Rough Road Aheadhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/on-politics/2015/03/clintons-rough-road-ahead/108265/The liberal base and the media will work together to make sure she isn't crowned as the Democratic nominee.Charlie Cook, National JournalTue, 24 Mar 2015 11:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/on-politics/2015/03/clintons-rough-road-ahead/108265/Oversight - On PoliticsClinton speaks at the UN at a conference early in March.lev radin / Shutterstock.comBudget Fight Gives Democrat a Chance to Court Liberal Skepticshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/budget-fight-gives-van-hollen-chance-court-liberal-skeptics/108253/Top House Budget Committee Democrat Rep. Chris Van Hollen has a platform he can use in his Senate primary battle with Donna Edwards.Alex Brown, National JournalTue, 24 Mar 2015 10:05:44 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/budget-fight-gives-van-hollen-chance-court-liberal-skeptics/108253/OversightRep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.Brian Witte/APPlay of the Day: Ted Cruz is Officially Running for Presidenthttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/play-day-ted-cruz-officially-running-president/108259/The Texan is in late-night crosshairs after his Monday announcement.Ross GianfortuneTue, 24 Mar 2015 09:53:01 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/play-day-ted-cruz-officially-running-president/108259/OversightChristopher Halloran / Shutterstock.com file photoPlay of the Day: Municipal Violations in Florida Usually Involve Alligators or Methhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/play-day-municipal-violations-florida-usually-involve-alligators-or-meth/108163/Also, Obama's may be buying famous property in Hawaii.Ross GianfortuneMon, 23 Mar 2015 10:19:42 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/play-day-municipal-violations-florida-usually-involve-alligators-or-meth/108163/OversightHBOGOP Budgets Cutting Retirement Benefits Face Rocky Paths in Both Chambershttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/gop-budgets-cutting-retirement-benefits-face-rocky-paths-both-chambers/108160/The House and Senate want to pass spending blueprints before leaving town for two weeks.Sarah Mimms, National JournalMon, 23 Mar 2015 10:02:12 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/gop-budgets-cutting-retirement-benefits-face-rocky-paths-both-chambers/108160/OversightBattles over defense spending will put Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (left) and House Speaker John Boehner in a tight spot.J. Scott Applewhite/APSenate Leaves Lynch Nomination Unfinishedhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/senate-leaves-lynch-nomination-unfinished/108045/Chamber has adjourned for the weekend and the budget is next up on its agenda.Lauren Fox, National JournalFri, 20 Mar 2015 09:51:34 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/senate-leaves-lynch-nomination-unfinished/108045/OversightAttorney general nominee Loretta Lynch testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee in January. J. Scott Applewhite/APIt Could Take Up to 30 Years for Hillary Clinton’s Emails to Reach the National Archiveshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/it-could-take-30-years-hillary-clintons-emails-reach-national-archives/108057/It’s a long road from the former secretary’s inbox to the government agency, which doesn’t have the authority to implement record-keeping rules for other agencies.Priscilla Alvarez, National JournalFri, 20 Mar 2015 09:46:51 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/it-could-take-30-years-hillary-clintons-emails-reach-national-archives/108057/OversightThe National Archives museum is in Washington, D.C.idesygn/Shutterstock.comPlay of the Day: Fitness (And Other) Tracking Devices at the White Househttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/play-day-fitness-and-other-tracking-devices-white-house/108048/Obama's monitoring his fitness, but other White House employees have to wear different monitors.Ross GianfortuneFri, 20 Mar 2015 09:18:09 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/play-day-fitness-and-other-tracking-devices-white-house/108048/OversightNBCHouse GOP's New Budget Plan: Figure It Out Laterhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/house-gops-new-budget-plan-figure-it-out-later/107997/The Budget Committee advanced a spending blueprint Thursday after dropping the amendment that stalled progress the night before.Daniel Newhauser, National JournalThu, 19 Mar 2015 16:11:50 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/house-gops-new-budget-plan-figure-it-out-later/107997/OversightHouse Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga.Cliff Owen/APPlay of the Day: Dick Cheney in Playboyhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/play-day-dick-cheney-playboy-obama-march-madness/107928/Also, President Obama fills out his March Madness bracket.Ross GianfortuneThu, 19 Mar 2015 09:33:59 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/play-day-dick-cheney-playboy-obama-march-madness/107928/OversightAlbert H. Teich / Shutterstock.comHouse and Senate GOP Budgets Are Miles Aparthttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/house-and-senate-gop-budgets-are-miles-apart/107889/Senate budget offers no relief for defense hawks, ignores House’s entitlement reforms.Sarah Mimms, National JournalWed, 18 Mar 2015 15:52:12 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/house-and-senate-gop-budgets-are-miles-apart/107889/OversightArchitect of the CapitolSenate Republicans Go After Federal Retirement Benefits, Toohttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/senate-republicans-go-after-federal-retirement-benefits-too/107874/Chamber’s budget blueprint calls for $170 billion in savings through the federal workforce to make government employment resemble the private sector.Eric KatzWed, 18 Mar 2015 15:39:47 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/senate-republicans-go-after-federal-retirement-benefits-too/107874/OversightSen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., led Senate Republicans in releasing their budget blueprint. Susan Walsh/APWhy Congress Should Act Like a Board of Directorshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/why-congress-should-act-board-directors/107841/The nation’s stockholders deserve a budget process that works.Robert M. TobiasWed, 18 Mar 2015 12:15:39 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/why-congress-should-act-board-directors/107841/Oversightmariakraynova/Shutterstock.comMcConnell: No Trafficking Bill, No Lynch Votehttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/mcconnell-no-trafficking-bill-no-lynch-vote/107826/Republicans say they won't bring the attorney general up for confirmation until Democrats relent.Ben Geman, National JournalWed, 18 Mar 2015 10:06:46 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/mcconnell-no-trafficking-bill-no-lynch-vote/107826/OversightMolly Riley/APPlay of the Day: In This Corner... Mitt Romney?http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/play-day-corner-mitt-romney/107823/The late-night favorite and erstwhile candidate is lacing up the gloves for charity.Ross GianfortuneWed, 18 Mar 2015 10:02:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/play-day-corner-mitt-romney/107823/Oversightucchie79/Shutterstock.comJohn Boehner's GOP Budget Presser Turned Into One About Benghazihttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/john-boehners-gop-budget-presser-turned-one-about-benghazi/107772/The House speaker gave a press conference Tuesday morning on the just-released GOP plan, but he quickly turned his attention to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.Nora Kelly, National JournalTue, 17 Mar 2015 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/john-boehners-gop-budget-presser-turned-one-about-benghazi/107772/OversightOffice of the Speaker of the HouseGOP Budget: Higher Pension Contributions for Feds, Much Lower Spending for Civilian Agencieshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/gop-budget-higher-pension-contributions-feds-much-lower-spending-civilian-agencies/107775/Republicans suggest familiar cuts to federal employees and agencies to achieve $5.5 trillion in savings.Eric KatzTue, 17 Mar 2015 15:52:14 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2015/03/gop-budget-higher-pension-contributions-feds-much-lower-spending-civilian-agencies/107775/OversightRep. Tom Price, R-Ga., and other Republican members of the House Budget Committee release the 2016 plan. Cliff Owen/AP