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New oversight committee chairman mounts charm offensive

February 27, 2009 Two days before the session's first hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Thursday, Democratic and Republican aides sat down to discuss the hearing's agenda. For most other committees, such a planning meeting may be routine, but for the famously rancorous Oversight and Government Reform panel, it's a...

Trouble brewing over final stimulus oversight language

February 18, 2009 A single word buried on Page 465 of the stimulus conference report has at least one Republican senator up in arms and some independent-government overseers scratching their heads. Senate Finance Committee ranking member Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, is objecting to language in a heavily amended oversight section of the bill that...

GOP threatens legal action over Census oversight

February 12, 2009 House Republicans on Thursday threatened legal action against the White House for its decision to extend its jurisdiction to the Census Bureau and demanded that President Obama respond positively to a letter they sent on Wednesday urging him to reverse the action. "If the president doesn't acquiesce to our letter,...

Obama shifts Census oversight, triggering angry protest by Republicans

February 6, 2009 President Obama has decided to bring the U.S. Census Bureau under White House jurisdiction, a move that incensed House Republicans, who fired off a blistering letter to him Thursday, calling it "outrageous and unprecedented" and a "blatant partisan and political maneuver." The move would shift the chain of command with...

New winds blow for whistleblower protection groups

February 4, 2009 With scars to prove the delicacy of the negotiations, good-government advocates are promising to be open to compromise as they prepare to renew a bruising fight over federal whistleblower protection. These advocates, believing that the threat of a veto has vanished with the arrival of a new administration, also hope...

Coalition sees urgent need to fill census director position

February 3, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The politically charged and logistically daunting decennial census will be under way in just over a year, but the bureau that administers the 2010 survey may face a delay in the appointment of a leader. The Census Project, a coalition including the American Statistical Association, the NAACP and the U.S....

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