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Unexpected funding cut puzzles Census Bureau's backers

June 16, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Census Bureau, which launches the massive 2010 census in a matter of months, may have a $206 million hole to fill if the House Appropriations Committee's version of the FY10 Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill reaches the White House unchanged. The bureau's potential problem emerged June 9, when the committee cut ...

White House briefs Hill aides on IG dismissal

June 16, 2009 Trying to assuage concerns about President Obama's dismissal of the AmeriCorps inspector general late last week, White House officials have briefed Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee staffers and are expected to hold another meeting with aides, said Capitol Hill sources. Aides to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee ...

Unexpected funding cut puzzles Census Bureau's backers

June 16, 2009 The Census Bureau, which launches the massive 2010 census in a matter of months, may have a $206 million hole to fill if the House Appropriations Committee's version of the fiscal 2010 Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill reaches the White House unchanged. The bureau's potential problem emerged June 9, when the committee ...

Firing of IG followed his probe of Obama friend

June 12, 2009 After criticism from a high-ranking Republican senator over President Obama's dismissal of the inspector general overseeing AmeriCorps Thursday, the White House has provided assurances that the decision was "carefully considered" and conducted in full compliance with the Inspector General Reform Act. Gerald Walpin, inspector general for the Corporation for National ...

Obama fires Bush-appointed IG overseeing AmeriCorps

June 12, 2009 President Obama has notified Congress that he will dismiss the inspector general charged with overseeing the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the AmeriCorps program. "It is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as inspectors general," Obama wrote in letters delivered to lawmakers ...

GOP stalls confirmation of Census nominee

June 5, 2009 The nomination of Robert Groves, President Obama's choice to lead the Census Bureau, hit a snag Thursday night when Republicans blocked the motion of Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to proceed with Groves' confirmation. "We have not yet been able to get [the nomination] cleared on this side," said Minority ...

OMB nominee vows to use 'inclusive' approach to regulations

May 12, 2009 The White House's choice to be the federal "regulatory czar" sought to assure lawmakers on Tuesday he will not use dispassionate cost-benefit analysis of government programs as an "arithmetic straitjacket" to restrict regulators and stymie the intent of legislators. Cass Sunstein, whom President Obama picked to be the director of ...

Orszag: More must be done to evaluate programs

May 8, 2009 The White House budget chief told statistics professionals Friday that more must be done to empirically evaluate the effectiveness of the nation's healthcare and education systems. "We are making huge investments without doing enough to measure what works and what doesn't," said Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag. ...

Senate approves weapons acquisition overhaul

May 7, 2009 The Senate passed legislation Thursday, 93-0, to overhaul the Pentagon's weapons acquisition process, but the bill's sponsors warned of a potential conference dispute over the details about the role of a new oversight official. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., said putting that official in charge of the ...

Mounting workload prompts IGs to seek help

May 6, 2009 Federal financial agency watchdogs are so inundated by mandatory reviews of the nation's failed banks that they have been forced to abandon inquiries into money laundering, offshore banking operations and the house of cards that caused the financial crisis, the Treasury Department's inspector general told lawmakers Tuesday. The inspectors general ...