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Leaders clear way for bipartisan probe of financial crisis

May 5, 2009 After months of wrangling, the House is poised to approve legislation that would create an independent, bipartisan commission to evaluate the origins of the financial crisis. The creation of the commission, which would be made up of 10 members and have subpoena power, is expected to pass on suspension during...

Army's largest contractor in Iraq under renewed attack

May 4, 2009 Kellogg Brown & Root, the Army's largest contractor in Iraq and frequent target of critics for its alleged wasteful management of a $31.7 billion logistics contract, came under renewed fire Monday from a special bipartisan oversight panel and the Pentagon's top auditor of defense contracts. In testimony before the Commission...

Stimulus board launches 'Extreme Makeover: Web Edition'

April 21, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration is soliciting suggestions from information technology professionals, vendors and members of the public who think that its economic stimulus-tracking Web site needs a makeover. Beginning Monday, the team that administers the stimulus Web site Recovery.gov will host a weeklong forum -- conducted entirely on the Web --...

Budget generates more of a buzz among advocacy groups than citizens

April 1, 2009 With President Obama's $3.6 trillion budget hitting the House and Senate floors this week, groups for and against the spending plan have issued strong appeals for citizens to pick up their phones and let their voices be heard on Capitol Hill. But, even in the offices of targeted Democrats whose...

Census officials launch bid to win trust of immigrants

March 30, 2009 With a year to go until Census Day, earning the trust of historically undercounted communities remains a key challenge for decennial headcounters, census officials and lawmakers said on Monday. In a kickoff event for "census partnership" organizations ranging from the NAACP to the Target Corp. retail chain, leaders of the...

Obama official agrees more needs to be done on stimulus transparency

March 19, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow New stimulus oversight chief Earl Devaney faced sharp questions today from House lawmakers as the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board ramps up operations. The former Interior Department inspector general told members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee at a hearing that firm estimates of how much of the...

Obama still a long way from transparent stimulus spending

March 16, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The much-touted online transparency promised by the Obama administration to allow public tracking of federal stimulus funds might still be months away, as agencies puzzle over the depth of detail required in their weekly reports and Web site architects scramble to design a user-friendly database to handle an ocean of...

Transparency for stimulus spending remains a work in progress

March 16, 2009 The much-touted online transparency promised by the Obama administration to allow public tracking of federal stimulus funds might still be months away, as agencies puzzle over the depth of detail required in their weekly reports and Web site architects scramble to design a user-friendly database to handle an ocean of...

Partisan spat has oversight panel leaders trying to hit the right notes

March 13, 2009 The initial chorus of bipartisan harmony from the House's principal oversight panel hit a discordant note Thursday, when its lead Republican accused Democrats of being tone deaf to one alleged case of perjury while aggressively pursuing another. The blast was sounded by House Oversight and Government Reform ranking member Darrell...

Union steps up campaign against outsourcing debt collection

March 4, 2009 Tax collection may not be considered America's most glamorous profession, but hundreds of federal workers are descending on Capitol Hill this week to lobby for a chance to do the job. Members of the National Treasury Employees Union will urge senators this week to preserve language in the House-passed fiscal...

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