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Juliana Gruenwald

Oversight

Senator: Congress can deal with 'fiscal cliff'

But 'nothing serious' will happen until after the election, majority whip says.

Tech

New data show Obama ahead in social-media race

President is leading Mitt Romney in online user engagement.

Defense

ACLU sues to block searches of electronic devices

Lawsuit against the Homeland Security Department claims border policy violates First and Fourth amendments.

Oversight

GOP lawmakers skewer Interior chief on drilling oversight

The Obama administration had more than a year to try to fix known problems, Republicans note.

Oversight

Fiscal 2011 spending for housing, transportation draws GOP attacks

Bill that ultimately cleared House panel would provide $67.4 billion in discretionary spending -- $1.3 billion below president's proposal.

Oversight

PTO teams with Google on database

Move is part of the agency's efforts to comply with President Obama's open government initiative.

Oversight

Industry coalition opposes PTO-fee bill

Group objects to legislation on grounds that it does not include a provision prohibiting agency funds from being diverted for other government programs.

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Watchdog calls for drug-marketing scrutiny

Concerns include whether adequate safeguards exist to protect people if firms use personal information to target drug-related online ads at consumers.

Oversight

House panel mulls separate patent bill

Potential legislation would give PTO fee-setting authority and bar Congress from diverting PTO funds to other uses.

Oversight

SEC chief backs self-funding

Plan would allow the commission to retain the fees it collects.

Oversight

Patent and Trademark Office seeks OK to spend higher fee income

Agency will be forced to operate on a "bare-bones budget" that would not allow adequate hiring, unless it receives more funds, chief says.

Oversight

Interior secretary cancels royalty-in-kind program

Controversial program has been criticized for lax enforcement that has cost the federal government tens of millions of dollars.

Oversight

Postal Service health is still a concern

Lawmakers worry about potential disruption to communities resulting from a switch to five-day delivery and post office closures.

Defense

Witnesses back efforts to make FEMA an independent agency

Emergency management veterans say placing the agency in the Homeland Security Department starved it of resources and decision-making power.

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Report calls for better management at SEC

Chamber of Commerce recommendations focus on strengthening the structure and oversight of the agency.

Defense

Senate panel approves policies for release of sensitive documents

Bill would establish a Controlled Unclassified Information Office within the National Archives and Records Administration.

Oversight

Grant program approved to preserve presidential documents

Amendment would allow the National Archives to publish the founding fathers' documents online.

Defense

Homeland Security officials defend virtual border fence program

Customs and Border Protection chief tells lawmakers delay is better than hasty implementation.

Oversight

Power grid vulnerable to cyberattacks, committee told

Legislation is aimed at giving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission more authority to require compliance with security standards and issue emergency orders.

Defense

House panel approves chemical security bill

Measure would allow DHS to regulate plants and would require the department to place them into one of four risk-based tiers.