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State Department accused of stonewalling congressional panel

September 26, 2007 A spat between the State Department and House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., escalated Tuesday when he accused the agency of stonewalling separate investigations into corruption in Iraq and the controversial security contractor Blackwater USA. In a letter Tuesday to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Waxman said ...

Special counsel, merit protection measure advances

September 18, 2007 A House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on Tuesday overrode Republican objections to pass a bill to protect federal employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation, in a rebuke to the head of the Office of Special Counsel. Democrats on the Oversight and Government Reform Federal Workforce Subcommittee used legislation ...

Contractors aim at Defense bill's acquisition changes

September 18, 2007 While debate over the Senate's defense authorization bill will focus largely on Iraq, government contractors are quietly opposing acquisition reforms included in the measure. The defense bill, which the Senate took up Monday, contains a series of provisions aimed at curbing an increase in noncompetitive contract awards. Separate House and ...

Panel poised to curb OSC discretion in whistleblower probes

September 17, 2007 A House committee appears likely to approve legislation limiting the discretion of the small but controversial Office of Special Counsel in whistleblower investigations. The House Oversight and Government Reform Federal Workforce Subcommittee Tuesday will mark up a reauthorization bill for OSC and the Merit Systems Protection Board. Both agencies have ...

Watchdog agency seeks extra funds for Hatch Act probe

September 13, 2007 The Office of Special Counsel expects the Office of Management and Budget to deny a request for extra funds next year, a decision the small agency said could hinder its high-profile investigation into improper politicking at federal agencies. As a result, OSC is now responding to congressional inquiries about its ...

Panel to continue probe of hurricane center chief's ouster

September 12, 2007 A House committee will continue to investigate the ouster of the head of the National Hurricane Center despite a decision this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to return him to a previous job. "The committee likely isn't done with this," a House Science Committee spokeswoman said Tuesday. ...

Waxman accepts GOP call to expand Hatch Act probe

September 11, 2007 Responding to Republican pressure, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will expand its investigation of political briefings at federal agencies to examine if Clinton administration officials engaged in similar practices. Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., will ask the National Archives for records of political presentations by ...

Spending bill amended with provision to strengthen IGs

September 6, 2007 An amendment requiring the Veterans Affairs Department to make it easy to use the Web to report malfeasance to the agency's inspector general is the latest effort by Democrats in Congress to strengthen inspectors general and oversight of federal agencies. The provision would require the VA to create a mechanism ...