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POGO site monitoring inspector general vacancies

February 8, 2012 The Project on Government Oversight is out with a new website tracking which government agencies do not have a permanent inspector general and how long those vacancies have existed. The inspector general post at theState Department, for example, has been vacant for 1,484 days, while the Interior Department has been...

Environmental groups drop six figures to applaud EPA, Obama

February 8, 2012 The Natural Resources Defense Council and Environment America are teaming up on a six-figure online ad campaign praising the Environmental Protection Agency and President Obama for supporting efforts to cut pollution from cars and certain power plants. The ads will run on social media and local news websites in four...

State legislatures urge Congress, Obama to 'go big' on deficit reduction

January 19, 2012 Remember all those calls for the Super Committee to "go big" on deficit reduction? Well, the committee's history, but the "go big" supporters haven't given up. In a letter sent to congressional leaders and President Obama, the heads of the National Conference of State Legislatures argued the country needs to...

Immigration-reform advocate to lead Domestic Policy Council

January 10, 2012 Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP file photo President Obama has tapped Cecilia Muñoz, the current White House director of intergovernmental affairs, to replace Melody Barnes as director of the Domestic Policy Council. Muñoz has spent her entire career focusing on immigration reform and the rights of immigrants, and she was a key...

Whistleblower bill draws lobbying

January 10, 2012 flickr user stevendepolo A bill that critics warn weakens whistleblower protections quietly moved through a House subcommittee last month and now has supporters like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce pushing the full committee to quickly pass it. The Whistleblower Improvement Act of 2011, introduced by Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), would...

Lawmakers who back Joint Strike Fighter get more cash from contractors, report finds

December 14, 2011 Companies involved in the Joint Strike Fighter program contributed almost double to lawmakers in the recently-formed Joint Strike Fighter Caucus as they did to other members so far this election cycle, according to a joint report from the Project on Government Oversight and the Center for Responsive Politics. The analysis...

Veterans Day basketball game to tip off on carrier that buried bin Laden at sea

November 11, 2011 The aircraft carrier on which Osama bin Laden's body was washed, placed in a white sheet, and slid into in the Arabian Sea is now docked near San Diego and is playing host to the first-ever Carrier Classic, Friday night's basketball game between North Carolina and Michigan State. President Obama...

Five of six super committee senators see major drops in fundraising, group says

November 7, 2011 Five of the six senators on the super committee raised less money in the third quarter of this year than in the second, with four seeing decreases of more than 60 percent, according to a report from the Sunlight Foundation. Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., raised 71 percent less this quarter;...

Obama orders Fort Monroe preservation as a way to create jobs

November 2, 2011 President Obama on Tuesday announced that he is using his executive authority to designate Virginia's shuttered Fort Monroe as a national monument -- a move that the White House framed as a way to not only preserve a historic site, but create jobs as well. The White House said preserving...

Deployment to Central Africa part of larger U.S. effort against LRA

October 17, 2011 President Obama's announcement last week that he was deploying 100 U.S. military advisers to Central Africa to help forces there trying to kill or capture Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony was the latest and largest step in an ongoing campaign to address the conflict in the region. Administration officials...

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