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Oversight Insight

November 30, 2010 Convinced that Democrats have gone way too easy on the Obama administration, House Republicans are planning a carnival of oversight when they officially seize the gavel in January. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who will head the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, is said to be doubling his investigative staff...

Targeted Spending

August 31, 2010 For American corporations testing their new freedom to spend money directly on campaigns, the backlash against donations by Target Corp. and Best Buy Co. sends a stark warning: Proceed at your own risk. Target has borne the brunt of public outrage over six-figure contributions that both retailers made to a...

Even in face of public opposition, lawmakers defend earmarks

March 29, 2010 Given voter disgust with both Congress and federal deficits, it's remarkable how unabashedly some lawmakers have jumped in to defend the increasingly controversial budget line items known as earmarks. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., was so upset over GOP pressure to rein in earmarks that he took to the Senate floor...

Game On

January 5, 2010 Nearly a year after President Obama launched his administration with sweeping new ethics and transparency rules, the war over lobbyists and their role in Washington is just beginning. On the one hand, the administration has set a new standard for government openness and sparked a lively debate over just how...

A Voting Victory

December 1, 2009 At a time when the rest of Washington can't seem to stop bickering, voting rights advocates have quietly scored a bipartisan victory to help military and overseas voters participate in elections. With little fanfare last month, President Obama signed into law the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act as...

Overseas voting act could serve as model for future election reforms

November 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At a time when the rest of Washington can't seem to stop bickering, voting rights advocates have quietly scored a bipartisan victory to help military and overseas voters participate in elections. With little fanfare last month, President Obama signed into law the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act as...

Identity Crisis

September 1, 2009 DHS chief Janet Napolitano treads a fine line between security and privacy in the push to get federal ID programs off the ground. When Janet Napolitano was awaiting confirmation as secretary of the Homeland Security Department, one of the senators she stopped in to visit on Capitol Hill was Republican...

Talking Points

August 18, 2009 During the Clinton administration's health care battles 15 years ago, party leaders largely left the ad and lobbying offensive to insurance and business players. This time around, the political parties are weighing in -- not just with ads, but with aggressive grassroots organizing campaigns that include door-knocking, robo-calls, mass e-mails...

Down for the Count

July 1, 2009 Shifting demographics coupled with a decade of budget and management woes have put the 2010 census on shaky ground. It's easy to see why the Census Bureau's latest promotional video is getting rave reviews on Capitol Hill. The three-minute presentation, A New Portrait of America, is "beautifully photographed, beautifully choreographed,"...

Watchdogs Won't Be Chained

March 25, 2009 As federal spending on bailouts and the economic stimulus soars into the trillions, the Obama administration faces growing pressure to account for just where all those taxpayer dollars are going. "To spend that much money that quickly is inviting fraud and abuse," warned Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project...

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