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OMB management chief sees no need to 'fix' IG system

January 18, 2008 A number of high-profile controversies surrounding government watchdogs do not indicate the Bush administration has an issue with the quality or administration of its inspectors general, according to a senior Office of Management and Budget official. "Our general position is that we do not have an IG problem," OMB Deputy...

White House, Senate committee still at odds over IG bill

January 17, 2008 Facing a series of scandals involving inspectors general, the White House has said it still opposes legislation to strengthen the federal watchdogs and would treat a key provision of a Senate bill as nonbinding. "The administration cannot support [the bill] in its current form," Office of Management and Budget Director...

Democrats call EPA unresponsive to fuel emissions probe

January 14, 2008 House and Senate committees have increased pressure on EPA after it missed a deadline to turn over documents related to its denial of a waiver that would have let California impose tougher auto emissions standards, but the agency says it is cooperating with Congress. In a letter Monday to EPA...

Panel to probe FCC chairman's leadership

January 8, 2008 The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday announced a bipartisan investigation into charges that FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has short-circuited the commission's regulatory procedures and made the process less transparent to advance various initiatives. In a letter to Martin, Energy and Commerce Chairman John Dingell, D-Mich., and ranking Republican...

Late addition of funds boosts Special Counsel probe of White House briefings

January 7, 2008 The Office of Special Counsel will get some financial help for its investigation into charges of illegal politicking by White House officials after Congress added $1.1 million for the probe in the omnibus spending bill signed in December by President Bush. OSC's eight-month-old inquiry has focused on briefings about Republican...

Bill to overhaul Freedom of Information Act goes to Bush

December 19, 2007 After resolving differences with the Senate, the House Wednesday passed a bill overhauling the Freedom of Information Act, sending the measure to President Bush. The legislation, which passed on a voice vote, attempts to reverse a decline in federal agencies' response time to FOIA requests. Provisions include barring agencies from...

GAO says government failed yet another financial audit

December 17, 2007 For the 11th straight year, the federal government failed its financial audit, GAO announced Monday, in a widely anticipated finding that Comptroller General David Walker used to underscore the government's troubled fiscal health. "If the federal government was a private corporation and the same report came out this morning, our...

Source says Iraq IG searched e-mails to find press leaks

December 14, 2007 Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen and his aides reviewed employee e-mails in May to see if someone in the office was leaking damaging information to the media, according to an ex-employee familiar with the agency's internal probe. The former agency employee said the review of e-mails lasted...

Sources: FBI investigating Iraq inspector general

December 14, 2007 Some claim that the IG and aides violated federal law by accessing e-mail accounts of agency employees. The FBI is investigating allegations of misconduct against Stuart Bowen, the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, according to former employees and other sources, indicating that a long administrative probe has widened to...

Critics say problems at State IG's office will persist

December 10, 2007 The resignation of State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard Friday may end a controversy over charges that Krongard obstructed sensitive investigations, but oversight officials say persistent organizational problems will continue to keep the IG's office from functioning effectively. "Nothing has been changed as a result of the IG resigning in...

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