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Green cards offered as solution for high-tech firms

March 31, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow High-tech companies got a rare opportunity on Thursday to make their case to Congress on the H-1B visa program for temporary skilled foreign workers, but got some interference when other groups argued for an easier green card program instead. The House Judiciary Committee's Immigration Policy and Enforcement Subcommittee also got ...

With reauthorization in the air, Mica cuts up on FAA

March 31, 2011 Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., is just a guy trying to get a job done. If a looming government shutdown doesn't overwhelm his House colleagues, his bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration should be completed by Friday. Emphasis on "should." Mica is just relaying what he hears ...

Former Amtrak inspector general accused of inappropriate lobbying

March 25, 2011 It's considered outside the bounds of an independent government inspector to lobby Congress on legislation, but Amtrak's former inspector general Fred Weiderhold has been accused of that by the Transportation Department's inspector general and Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. Weiderhold was the key player in $450 million for ...

Arizona sues feds over border ‘failure’

February 11, 2011 Arizona filed a lawsuit Thursday against the federal government for failure to achieve or maintain operational control of its border with Mexico and for allowing an "invasion" of illegal immigrants into the state that "cannot bear the staggering cost of protecting itself." The suit is the state's response to the ...

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 ...