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2 hrs ago | New York Post
If Todd Zinser, the Commerce Department Inspector General, were a pork roast he'd be just about done. The heat on him is being turned up to broil.
6 hrs ago | Roll Call
After 15 years of planning a memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the design might move forward without architect Frank Gehry's name attached to it. In a Wednesday meeting blocks from Capitol Hill, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission will be presented with two plans for the four-acre site in Southwest Washington slated to become a memorial to the 34th president.
10 hrs ago | Government Executive
The House will vote Tuesday evening on legislation that would make it easier to discipline and fire senior executives across the federal government. The Senior Executive Service Accountability Act would make the federal government's top career officials eligible for up to 14-day suspensions without pay, and expand the grounds that can be used to fire them.
11 hrs ago | Mediaite.com
It's not just enough to hear tales and read articles about Grover Norquist going to Burning Man and seeing his economic fever dreams arise out of the barren dust of the playa, only to disappear as quickly as a, uh, dream. But here is an actual video of Norquist, the head of the powerful conservative interest group Americans for Tax Reform, wandering around a desert in a purple kerchief and getting his nails painted teenage goth black.
15 hrs ago | Mother Jones
The Republicans' favorite crusade returns, but for the moment it's focusing on a real policy issue-thanks to a Democrat. Benghazi! It's back.
A bill that would grant statehood to the residents of the nation's capital got its first hearing on Capitol Hill in 20 years on Monday. But don't expect the legislation to go anywhere.
Rep. Elijah Cummings , the ranking member on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, wants to subpoena the chief executive of background check contractor USIS, which he said has been unresponsive to Congress in the wake of a cyberattacks that potentially exposed thousands of government workers. In a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa , Cummings wrote that USIS chief Sterling Phillips "has been refusing for more than six months to respond to written questions from this Committee-sent under your signature-regarding alleged fraud committed by top USIS officials."
Todd Park barely had a chance to get out of Washington before lawmakers began calling him back. Now, the White House's just-departed chief technologist may be compelled to testify about his role in securing the Obamacare website.
The Patent and Trademark Office acknowledged for the first time there may be something to the allegations that many of its teleworking examiners are filing fraudulent time sheets, according to a Washington Post report . Following a briefing Friday by agency executives with staff on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Patent Office chief spokesman Todd Elmer confirmed that the Patent Office was now reviewing procedures for its award-winning telework program due to the allegations of fraud.
In a recent speech, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid condemned Hamas and noted that it was no better than the Islamic State group. According to the report, Reid affirmed U.S. support for Israel, calling the failure to condemn Hamas as one would condemn the Islamic State group "stunning hypocrisy."
Last week President Obama told the nation that we would continue bomb the shit out of ISIS aka ISIL in Iraq , only now we might also bomb the shit out of them in Syria too. While announcing this, he did not beat his chest, bite the head off a bat, or flex his biceps and grunt "yer goin' dowwwwwwn ," so rightbloggers thought he was wimpy and socialistic.
Rep. Elijah Cummings absolutely blistered the House Republican push for a Benghazi select committee, calling it a shameful fund-raising stunt. Cummings and Issa had a heated exchange after IRS's Lois Lerner refused to testify at a hearing about the IRS.
Healthcare.gov has been hacked. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed that part of the site was breached in July by hackers who uploaded malware to a test server.
The saga of Frank Gehry's design for the Eisenhower Memorial continues. Last April, the National Capital Planning Commission , one of the federal agencies that must approve the memorial, turned thumbs down on the design.
LabMD, the embattled cancer detection laboratory, fully briefed its appeal to the Eleventh Circuit, congressional inquiry into the FTC's data security enforcement actions continued, and LabMD sought sanctions against the FTC in the ongoing administrative proceedings. As we discussed in July , Tiversa, a "cyber-intelligence" company, notified the FTC in 2009 that a file containing the personal information of about 9,300 LabMD patients was available on a peer-to-peer file sharing network.
The government website created "to foster greater accountability and transparency" in federal stimulus spending has for years allowed anyone with an internet connection to follow the money. But by the end of the month, the ability to see what entities received contracts and grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is going to vanish from recovery.gov , officials say, making it impossible to track where the more than $800 billion finally ended up.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 09:10 pm
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