Republicans would relish omnibus measure as evidence the Democrats have gone back on their pledge of open government.
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GAO work appears to counter claims that a settlement on disputed contract charges ignored the auditors.
In as many as four states, candidates may have to choose between running for the Senate and angling for a spot on their party's national ticket.
About 70 percent of agencies are failing to meet at least one requirement, auditors say.
Two Democrats seek to reinstate Bill Proenza to the position he held before being forced out as the nation's chief hurricane forecaster.
Gaps in guidance and oversight could result in slower-than-anticipated progress on modernization, GAO says.
Senator opposes conference report, arguing it doesn’t do enough to change how projects are reviewed and approved.
Republicans upset there wasn’t more room for debate; partisan atmosphere threatens to spread into other work on spending bills.
Some lawmakers question whether federal officials are leaning on states hard enough to curb potential waste, fraud or abuse in recovery programs.
Bill is aimed at better protecting the watchdogs from retaliation for unfavorable audits.