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White House forces resignation of embattled GSA chief

April 30, 2008 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...

Officials question cost, scope of e-mail storage measure

April 24, 2008 A House bill to force the White House and federal agencies to improve e-mail retention received general support Wednesday from the National Archives, GAO and public advocacy groups, but the organizations diverged on whether the measure is too strong or toothless. Many experts agreed that with executive branch officials increasingly...

Waxman probes contractors' use of off-shore subsidiaries

April 23, 2008 The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wants information from defense contractors such as KBR and Blackwater Worldwide on their use of off-shore subsidiaries to avoid taxes. In letters sent Monday to 14 government contractors active in Iraq and Afghanistan, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., asked...

OMB indicates some ozone documents may be privileged

April 22, 2008 The Office of Management and Budget and House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., are gearing up for a clash over smog standards. OMB responded Monday to Wednesday's committee subpoena by turning over some records on the role it played in deliberations on controversial ozone standards issued last...

Dems seek to require electronic storage of agency e-mail

April 17, 2008 The White House and federal agencies would have to step up efforts to keep their e-mails under a bill introduced Wednesday, but a nonpartisan watchdog group in a separate report said the legislation does too little to fix an "abysmal" federal e-mail record-keeping system. Government rules for keeping e-mails have...

Nine of 16 agencies cut backlogs of FOIA requests

April 15, 2008 Many federal agencies have reduced backlogs of unprocessed Freedom of Information Act requests since a 2005 executive order urging faster processing, though inconsistent data makes progress hard to track, according to the Government Accountability Office. In a report released Monday, the congressional auditing agency evaluated how 16 agencies have responded...

OMB: Don't bother submitting 2010 budget requests

April 11, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Bush administration will leave much for the next president, but its legacy will not include a fiscal 2010 budget, according to a recent memorandum Office of Management and Budget Director Jim Nussle sent to agency heads. Comment on this article in The Forum.Instead of readying a full federal budget,...

OMB to agencies: Don't bother submitting 2010 budget requests

April 11, 2008 The Bush administration will leave much for the next president, but its legacy will not include a fiscal 2010 budget, according to a recent memorandum Office of Management and Budget Director Jim Nussle sent to agency heads. Instead of readying a full federal budget, Nussle said OMB "will prepare a...

Committee passes advisory panel accountability bill

April 11, 2008 The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday passed a bill to beef up laws to ensure transparency and accountability among nearly 1,000 federal advisory committees. Sponsored by Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Oversight and Government Reform Information Policy Subcommittee Chairman William Lacy Clay, D-Mo.,...

GAO: Military gear for sale on Web poses security risk

April 10, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Need F-14 components? Try eBay. A team of undercover GAO agents found parts for the fighter plane as well as body armor, night vision goggles and other military items for sale to the highest bidder on eBay, Craigslist.org and other Web sites that allow person-to-person sales, the congressional auditing agency...

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