Some lawmakers question whether federal officials are leaning on states hard enough to curb potential waste, fraud or abuse in recovery programs.
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Bill is aimed at better protecting the watchdogs from retaliation for unfavorable audits.
Language requiring full and open competition for all contracts could prevent the designation of work for small firms, official says.
Agency chief says he is waiting for a presidential panel’s recommendations on improving safety.
Top Democrat on Homeland Security panel seeks GAO review; ranking member already convinced overhaul is necessary.
Commission split over possible contract extension, considers bringing operation in-house.
Agency chief defends deputy for sending out an officewide e-mail that staff and lawmakers have called intimidating.
Bill authorizes $250 million in relief funds for the state of Minnesota to use in the repairs of the Interstate-35W bridge.
Interior inspector general questioned about interactions between scientists and policy-makers.
Senators are making a similar effort; witnesses at hearing say changes would bring greater transparency, more competition.