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GAO stands by for-profit college report

February 8, 2011 The Government Accountability Office found no personal bias or conflict of interest on the part of its investigators who issued a scathing report on career and technical colleges last summer, the GAO announced Tuesday. The GAO report, pointing to deceptive marketing practices on the part of colleges like Strayer and ...

For-profit college group sues GAO for 'professional malpractice'

February 2, 2011 First, it was the Education Department. Now, it's the Government Accountability Office. Lobbyists for career and technical colleges are using every tool at their disposal to fight the government for imposing itself on their clients. In the latest twist, the Coalition for Educational Success filed suit against the GAO Wednesday, ...

Amendments on FAA bill could jam Senate for weeks

February 1, 2011 The Senate is starting its 2011 workload with a bill that it already passed. Last year, the Senate approved a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization measure 93-0. The FAA bill didn't go any further because of disagreements with the House over a few provisions that the Senate bill didn't address-and it ...

Tit-for-tat on House oversight panel appears to be the norm

January 25, 2011 It's only the beginning of the year, but there already appears to be no love lost between House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and ranking member Elijah Cummings, D-Md. Cummings and Issa are interacting mainly through a series of public letters, and the latest exchange occurred ...

Tyson foods enters Homeland Security employment program

January 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tyson Foods, one of the country's largest food processing companies, on Thursday joined a voluntary Homeland Security Department program to ensure that the people it hires are in the country legally. Tyson has at various times been at the center of immigration-related inquiries for hiring undocumented workers. The food processing ...

Amtrak e-mail misuse alleged in IG scandal

January 20, 2011 Amtrak's independent investigative officer is asking the U.S. Postal Service to look into whether Amtrak officials misused the e-mail system by searching for communiqués between his office and Congress about the unexpected retirement of Amtrak's longtime inspector general, according to House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. The Transportation Department's ...

Issa investigates GAO auditors in battle over for-profit schools

January 18, 2011 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is making trouble for the Government Accountability Office, the nonpartisan government watchdog. Issa has started his own committee's investigation of GAO's Forensic Audit and Special Investigations Unit after GAO revised a report issued in the summer outlining alleged fraudulent recruiting ...

Maryland lawmaker gets top Democratic House oversight spot

December 17, 2010 It took a few days, but House Democrats have settled on Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland to be the Oversight and Government Affairs Committee's ranking member. His chief responsibility next year will be to go head-to-head with the incoming chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. Cummings beat out a senior committee ...

Education likely will escape the ax

October 28, 2010 Tea party Republicans want to ax the Education Department, and Democrats are encouraging voters to question their common sense, running TV ads warning of unmanageable class sizes and rising property taxes. It's an election perennial. Since the department was created in 1979, Republicans have had it on their hit list. ...

House panel asks congressional budget office to score immigration bill

March 28, 2008 The House Judiciary Committee has asked the Congressional Budget Office to assess the cost of an immigration enforcement bill sponsored by Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., which will likely place a hefty pay/go barrier in its path to the House floor. House Republicans are attempting to force the bill to the ...