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GAO: Military gear for sale on Web poses security risk

April 10, 2008 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 ...

Panel clears House bill on federal computer donations

April 10, 2008 The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday passed a revised bill requiring federal agencies to donate excess computers and electronic equipment to educational organizations. The committee passed an amendment offered by House Oversight and Government Reform Management Subcommittee Chairman Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., that narrowed the bill, which previously ...

Republicans seek probe of alleged lobbying by EPA officials

April 8, 2008 Two House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Republicans Tuesday asked the panel to probe possible lobbying by EPA officials last year for a waiver that would have allowed California to set its own auto-emission standards. The request by House Oversight and Government Reform ranking member Tom Davis, R-Va., and Rep. ...

Much-derided overseas contracting loophole to be closed

April 3, 2008 A so-called "mystery loophole" exempting companies overseas from a proposed rule requiring U.S. contractors to report fraud is neither mysterious nor likely to become final, according to some administration officials. Drafted last year by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council, a part-time intergovernmental group chaired by the Office of Management and ...

Senator pushes alternative to full CRS report access

March 28, 2008 A bill urging the Senate to make Congressional Research Service reports publically available is stalled in the Senate Rules Committee and may be the latest of a series of such efforts to fail. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., and eight co-sponsors last fall introduced ...

Most Hill Panels Refrain From Launching Passport Probes

March 26, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Despite an initial uproar over news that State Department contractors improperly viewed the passport files of presidential candidates, congressional oversight committees are mostly awaiting results of an internal department probe before launching separate investigations, Capitol Hill aides and State officials said. Comment on this article in The Forum."We're not expecting ...

Most panels refrain from launching passport probes

March 26, 2008 Despite an initial uproar over news that State Department contractors improperly viewed the passport files of presidential candidates, congressional oversight committees are mostly awaiting results of an internal department probe before launching separate investigations, Capitol Hill aides and State officials said. "We're not expecting any big involvement from Congress," said ...

Federal grand jury in special Iraq IG probe hears more witnesses

March 25, 2008 A federal investigation of Stuart Bowen, the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, and his deputy has accelerated, with prosecutors recently questioning seven current and former employees of the office before a grand jury in Richmond, Va., according to sources. They said witnesses include a former deputy inspector general and ...

Government Reform panel passes contractor database bill

March 14, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bill to set up a public database on federal contractor performance and misconduct won approval Thursday from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee despite Republican concerns the measure could allow unfair attacks on contractors as well as end up barring large companies from receiving government contracts. Comment on ...

Government Reform panel passes contractor database bill

March 14, 2008 A bill to set up a public database on federal contractor performance and misconduct won approval Thursday from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee despite Republican concerns the measure could allow unfair attacks on contractors as well as end up barring large companies from receiving government contracts. Introduced by ...