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Members of Congress also wait on FOIA requests

November 13, 2007 When 51 Democrats wrote the Pentagon in 2005 seeking information related to Britain's Downing Street memo on U.S. planning for the Iraq War, the signatories -- representing almost one-eighth of the House -- might have demanded deference. But the members, led by then-House Judiciary ranking member John Conyers, D-Mich., sent ...

Senators hope to put inspector general bill on fast track

November 9, 2007 Citing controversies over agency heads who allegedly interfered with the independence of inspectors general, a bipartisan group of senators Thursday introduced legislation aimed at strengthening IGs. Sponsored by Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., ranking member Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Claire McCaskill, ...

Talks on FOIA revamp reach an impasse

November 7, 2007 House and Senate conference negotiations on legislation calling for sweeping changes to the Freedom of Information Act have hit a sticking point, increasing chances the widely supported effort to improve government transparency will not be successful this year, staffers familiar with discussions said. Backers of the Senate bill, sponsored by ...

Waxman blasted for handling of State IG probe

November 1, 2007 A senior House Republican Wednesday blasted House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman's tactics in his investigation of State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard, even as another panel explored the need for legislation to boost the independence of Krongard's office. In a letter to Waxman, Oversight and Government ...

IG says he cannot afford to open probes in Iraq

October 31, 2007 Embattled State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard is starting to defend himself against charges that he blocked investigations into department activities in Iraq and Afghanistan to spare the Bush administration bad news. Employees in Krongard's office charge that he prevented investigators from traveling to Iraq and Afghanistan to look into ...

Dems rail against editing of climate change testimony

October 26, 2007 Congressional Democrats Thursday rejected White House claims for why it heavily edited testimony on global warming by the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and vowed to investigate what they called the latest example of the Bush administration suppressing science. Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara ...

Rice pledges improved oversight of security contractors

October 25, 2007 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday that she regretted that the State Department did not exercise better oversight of contractors in Iraq and acknowledged pervasive corruption in the Iraqi government, but she failed to satisfy Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee seeking more specific answers. The ...

Vaccine problems, plans scrutinized during Senate hearing

October 23, 2007 Facing criticism for wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on anthrax vaccines, a top Health and Human Services official said Tuesday that the agency needs more money to prevent similar problems. A Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday detailed HHS missteps, including losing tens of millions of dollars on expiring ...

Senator renews attacks on GSA chief

October 18, 2007 Senate Finance Committee ranking member Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said Wednesday that the head of the General Services Administration inappropriately interfered with contract negotiations with an information technology company and may have made up allegations that employees in the agency's inspector general's office used intimidating tactics. In a speech on the ...

Senators question Defense's attempts to improve management

October 17, 2007 Defense Department officials Tuesday defended their plans for improving management of their financial and business systems against charges from members of a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee that their efforts are slow and insufficient. "I am not sure large quantities of change have occurred," said Sen. Tom Coburn, ...