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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 ...

Business coalition steps up campaign for more high-skilled work visas

March 27, 2008 Compete America, a coalition of businesses seeking more high-skilled work visas, Thursday will begin distributing mock H-1B lottery cards to Capitol Hill offices to call attention to the Homeland Security Department's system for meting them out. The scratch cards offer two options: "Sorry, you lose. Pack your bags and take ...

HHS report reignites fight over profit margins in Medicare

January 11, 2008 Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and ranking member Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Friday said they would seek information from the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general about fees that community pharmacies incur when distributing prescriptions through Medicare Part D. A new report from the department's OIG found ...

Senator probes HHS help line

November 16, 2007 Senate Aging Committee ranking member Gordon Smith, R-Ore., is on a campaign to improve telephone customer service at HHS. In preparation for an appearance by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Kerry Weems before the committee, Smith conducted his own investigation of the service provided by 1-800-MEDICARE, CMS's ...