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FBI search, leaked documents lead to renewed calls for ousting of Scott Bloch

May 7, 2008 Whistleblower advocates and a key GOP lawmaker are renewing calls for the resignation or firing of Special Counsel Scott Bloch after Tuesday's raid of Bloch's home and office by the FBI and the release of OSC documents on Wednesday. The Project on Government Oversight, a Washington-based watchdog group that has ...

FBI seizes Doan, Rice case files in raid of OSC chief's office

May 7, 2008 About 20 FBI agents and administrative investigators executed search warrants Tuesday on the U.S. Office of Special Counsel in a daylong raid that appeared at least partly focused on finding information on the office's high-profile investigations into alleged illegal political activity by Bush administration officials. Arriving at the agency's M ...

Authorization bill attracts contracting reform amendments

May 6, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Democratic lawmakers are eyeing the House and Senate fiscal 2009 defense authorization bills as vehicles for a series of measures that would change the acquisition system, staffers and industry officials said. Comment on this article in The Forum.The House recently passed several contracting reform bills that emerged from the House ...

Authorization bill attracts contracting reform amendments

May 6, 2008 Democratic lawmakers are eyeing the House and Senate fiscal 2009 defense authorization bills as vehicles for a series of measures that would change the acquisition system, staffers and industry officials say. The House recently passed several contracting reform bills that emerged from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. But ...

Federal e-mail preservation clears House committee

May 2, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow WASHINGTON - A bill that would force the White House and federal agencies to improve policies for storing e-mails is headed for the House floor after clearing the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in a unanimous voice vote Thursday. Comment on this article in The Forum.The bill (H.R. 5811) ...

House measure gives GAO powers, awards back wages

May 2, 2008 The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday passed a broad bill that gives GAO new investigative powers, awards GAO employees who lost out on raises in a new wage system back pay and makes administrative changes at the congressional auditing agency. Introduced by House Oversight and Government Reform ...

House Oversight Committee approves SES diversity bill

May 2, 2008 The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday passed by voice vote a watered-down version of a bill to promote diversity among the government's top civil servants. Introduced by House Oversight and Government Reform Federal Workforce Subcommittee Chairman Danny Davis, D-Ill., the bill contains two mechanisms for addressing what ...

GSA's Doan done in by battling White House

May 2, 2008 General Services Administration chief Lurita Doan was fired Tuesday almost a year after her actions drew heavy criticism from Capitol Hill Democrats, but her ouster was triggered by more recent friction with the White House, officials briefed on the matter said. According to House Oversight and Government Reform ranking member ...

Subpanel votes to hike maximum dependent age for federal health benefits

May 2, 2008 The House Oversight and Government Reform Federal Workforce Subcommittee passed a bill this week increasing the maximum age under which children of federal employee can qualify for dependent coverage through the government's health benefits program. The measure, which raises the maximum age of dependents eligible for the Federal Employees Health ...

White House forces resignation of embattled GSA chief

April 30, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lurita Doan, the embattled head of the General Services Administration, resigned at the request of the White House, sources said Tuesday. According to people familiar with the matter, the controversial agency administrator was summoned to the White House for a late afternoon meeting Tuesday, during which she was asked to ...