Government Executive - Oversighthttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/Dispatches from Capitol Hill and the executive branchen-usFri, 24 Oct 2014 16:32:47 -0400Congressional Candidates Vie for Mantle of Next Federal Employees’ Herohttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/congressional-candidates-vie-mantle-next-fed-employees-hero/97388/As two fed-friendly lawmakers from Northern Virginia retire, new federal advocates seek office.Eric KatzFri, 24 Oct 2014 16:32:47 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/congressional-candidates-vie-mantle-next-fed-employees-hero/97388/OversightRepublican Barbara Comstock has a slight lead in the close race to replace fed-friendly Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va. J. Scott Applewhite/AP file photoThis Ted Cruz Staffer Blamed Ebola on Obamacarehttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/ted-cruz-staffer-blamed-ebola-obamacare/97319/“Before Obamacare, there had never been a confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S.,” Nick Muzin tweeted.Dustin Volz, National JournalFri, 24 Oct 2014 09:17:40 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/ted-cruz-staffer-blamed-ebola-obamacare/97319/OversightStudio_3321/Shutterstock.comLifesize Foosball Game, Swedish Massages for Rabbits Make Coburn's Final 'Wastebook'http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/lifesize-foosball-game-swedish-massages-rabbits-make-coburns-final-wastebook/97172/Retiring senator frames alleged wasteful spending against the backdrop of increasing “chaos, confusion and uncertainty.”Charles S. ClarkWed, 22 Oct 2014 16:44:05 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/lifesize-foosball-game-swedish-massages-rabbits-make-coburns-final-wastebook/97172/OversightOleg Malyshev / Shutterstock.comIRS Chief: Congressional Overseers May Have Gotten ‘A Little Carried Away’ http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/irs-chief-congressional-overseers-may-have-gotten-little-carried-away/97154/Koskinen tells trade publisher his agency made mistakes, but defends post-scandal reforms.Charles S. ClarkWed, 22 Oct 2014 14:48:46 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/irs-chief-congressional-overseers-may-have-gotten-little-carried-away/97154/OversightInternal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen testifies on Capitol Hill in July. APThe US Government Actually Stood Up To a Would-be Corporate Tax Dodgerhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/us-government-actually-stood-would-be-corporate-tax-dodger/97043/The Obama administration tightened the rules for companies seeking to complete tax inversion moves.Tim Fernholz, QuartzTue, 21 Oct 2014 16:07:16 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/us-government-actually-stood-would-be-corporate-tax-dodger/97043/OversightAbbVie 's CEO blamed the US Treasury Department. mdgn/Shutterstock.comThe Ex-Nazis Collecting Social Securityhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/ex-nazis-collecting-social-security/96968/They reportedly received millions of dollars in government benefits even after being expelled from the United States.Adam Chandler, The AtlanticTue, 21 Oct 2014 12:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/ex-nazis-collecting-social-security/96968/OversightMatt Rourke/AP file photoThe Trench Warfare Begins http://www.govexec.com/oversight/on-politics/2014/10/trench-warfare-begins/96920/Democrats' chance to maintain their hold on the Senate now boils down to the ground game.Charlie Cook, National JournalMon, 20 Oct 2014 15:33:30 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/on-politics/2014/10/trench-warfare-begins/96920/Oversight - On PoliticsLaura Gangi Pond/Shutterstock.com file photoCongress Prepares to Offer More Money for Ebola Fighthttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/congress-prepares-offer-more-money-ebola-fight/96905/As they await a White House request, appropriators are beginning to get their ducks in a row.Billy House and Sarah MimmsMon, 20 Oct 2014 14:31:16 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/congress-prepares-offer-more-money-ebola-fight/96905/OversightFrank L Junior / Shutterstock.comPlay of the Day: How Television Could Save the Supreme Courthttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/play-day-how-television-could-save-supreme-court/96857/Last Week Tonight takes on the camera ban at the court.Reena FloresMon, 20 Oct 2014 09:14:20 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/play-day-how-television-could-save-supreme-court/96857/OversightHBOOne Way to Avoid Flight Delays: Help Air-Traffic Controllers Do a Better Jobhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/one-way-avoid-flight-delays-help-air-traffic-controllers-do-better-job/96803/Hamsa Balakrishnan develops algorithms that help controllers and pilots better manage who's taking off and when.Laura Bliss, CityLabSun, 19 Oct 2014 12:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/one-way-avoid-flight-delays-help-air-traffic-controllers-do-better-job/96803/OversightAnton Foltin/Shutterstock.comGOP Can't Stop a Lame-Duck AG Pickhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/gop-cant-stop-lame-duck-ag-pick/96755/Obama's nominee can get confirmed in December, though Republicans could exact revenge later.James Oliphant, National JournalFri, 17 Oct 2014 12:27:36 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/gop-cant-stop-lame-duck-ag-pick/96755/OversightOrhan Cam / Shutterstock.comPlay of the Day: The Latest Scandal to Blow Over Floridahttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/play-day-latest-scandal-blow-over-florida/96734/Fangate is the newest controversy.Reena Flores, National JournalFri, 17 Oct 2014 10:13:15 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/play-day-latest-scandal-blow-over-florida/96734/OversightComedy CentralFederal Health Officials Face Questions from All Sides on Capitol Hillhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/federal-health-officials-cdc-ebola-/96620/Democrats are focused on budget cuts to health agencies, while GOP questions the competence of the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis.Charles S. ClarkThu, 16 Oct 2014 11:22:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/federal-health-officials-cdc-ebola-/96620/OversightHouse Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich.Charles Dharapak/APMark Udall Touts NSA Reform (and Dings Obama) in Bid to Save Senate Seathttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/mark-udall-touts-nsa-reform-and-dings-obama-bid-save-senate-seat/96611/One of the Senate’s fiercest critics of government surveillance is attempting to leverage his track record on the issue to salvage his reelection.Dustin Volz, National JournalThu, 16 Oct 2014 10:06:04 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/mark-udall-touts-nsa-reform-and-dings-obama-bid-save-senate-seat/96611/OversightDavid Zalubowski/APPlay of the Day: The Newest Midterm Debate Strategyhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/play-day-newest-midterm-debate-strategy/96608/Running against the president works for both parties.Reena Flores, National JournalThu, 16 Oct 2014 09:25:49 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/play-day-newest-midterm-debate-strategy/96608/OversightComedy CentralLawmakers Want Answers on U.S. Ebola Caseshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/lawmakers-want-answers-us-ebola-cases/96506/Hearing Thursday will examine whether the country is prepared to cope with the virus.Billy House, National JournalWed, 15 Oct 2014 10:19:06 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/lawmakers-want-answers-us-ebola-cases/96506/OversightCDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden exits an Ebola treatment unit in Liberia in August. Frieden is set to testify at Thursday's hearing. CDCPlay of the Day: How to Court the Midterm Voterhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/play-day-how-court-midterm-voter/96491/Stephen Colbert looks at campaign ads aimed at women.Reena Flores, National JournalWed, 15 Oct 2014 09:19:08 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/play-day-how-court-midterm-voter/96491/OversightComedy CentralJoin a Gym or Get Your Hair Done, Sometimes on Uncle Sam’s Plastichttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/join-gym-or-get-your-hair-done-sometimes-uncle-sams-plastic/96470/House Members seek improved enforcement of Government Charge Card Abuse Act.Charles S. ClarkTue, 14 Oct 2014 17:15:24 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/join-gym-or-get-your-hair-done-sometimes-uncle-sams-plastic/96470/Oversight luchunyu/Shutterstock.comPlay of the Day: The Cost of Midterm Madnesshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/play-day-cost-midterm-madness/96380/Both parties are adept at raising money.Reena Flores, National JournalTue, 14 Oct 2014 09:57:24 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/play-day-cost-midterm-madness/96380/OversightComedy CentralNew Texas Ebola Case Fuels Concerns About Care Guidelines http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/new-texas-ebola-case-fuels-concerns-about-care-guidelines/96362/Budget cuts derailed progress on vaccine, NIH chief says.Katherine McIntire PetersMon, 13 Oct 2014 16:46:07 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/new-texas-ebola-case-fuels-concerns-about-care-guidelines/96362/OversightCenters for Disease Control and PreventionA Pro-Government Republican Emerges in Deep-Red Idahohttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/pro-government-republican-emerges-deep-red-idaho/96281/Merrill Beyeler is running for a seat in the Idaho House.Lucia Graves, National JournalFri, 10 Oct 2014 13:12:55 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/pro-government-republican-emerges-deep-red-idaho/96281/OversightBureau of Land Management via YouTubePlay of the Day: Could This Be The New Republican Stance on Same-Sex Marriagehttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/play-day-could-be-new-republican-stance-same-sex-marriage/96263/Where does 2016 contender Rand Paul stand on the issue?Reena Flores, National JournalFri, 10 Oct 2014 09:38:13 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/play-day-could-be-new-republican-stance-same-sex-marriage/96263/OversightComedy CentralHere's What Congress Has Next for the Secret Servicehttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/heres-what-congress-has-next-secret-service/96230/Both Republicans and Democrats have questions for the elite agency tasked for protecting the president. Specifically, whether it's actually doing that.Marina Koren, National JournalThu, 09 Oct 2014 17:27:39 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/heres-what-congress-has-next-secret-service/96230/Oversight David Stuart Productions / Shutterstock.comFeds Should Keep an Eye on the Race to Replace Darrell Issahttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/feds-should-keep-eye-race-replace-darrell-issa/96224/The House panel that oversees the federal workforce is poised for a new leader.Kellie LunneyThu, 09 Oct 2014 17:08:09 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/feds-should-keep-eye-race-replace-darrell-issa/96224/OversightIssa listens as then-Secret Service director Julia Pierson answers questions Sept. 30 about the White House security breach. J. Scott Applewhite/APThese Politicians Want to Close the U.S.-Mexico Border Because of Ebolahttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/these-politicians-want-close-us-mexico-border-because-ebola/96212/Some lawmakers fear that the virus could enter through the country's southern border.Marina Koren and Reena Flores, National JournalThu, 09 Oct 2014 16:20:59 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/10/these-politicians-want-close-us-mexico-border-because-ebola/96212/OversightTijuana on the left, San Diego is on the right.Customs and Border Protection