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Topic - House Committee On Oversight And Government Reform
The head of a powerful House committee told a roomful of planners and development watchdogs that he would not let a 103-old law limiting the heights of buildings in the District to go another century without addressing its impact, even as the law continues to divide city leaders.
The man in charge of a controversial immigrant visa program under FBI review has more to worry about than just a criminal investigation into his alleged attempts to influence a visa application on behalf of a political insider.
A year after the Benghazi attack, the State Department still doesn't have a good handle on managing security risks at foreign diplomatic missions, the department's internal auditor said in a report being released Wednesday.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry has reinstated four employees implicated in security lapses from last year's terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, drawing sharp rebukes Tuesday from leading Republicans who said the moves mean nobody has been fired or held accountable.
The Obama administration provided a New York Times reporter exclusive access to a range of high-level national security officials for a book that divulged highly classified information on a U.S. cyberwar on Iran's nuclear program, internal State Department emails show.
Documents show that Lisa P. Jackson, as EPA chief, told a lobbyist to shift their conversations to her "home email" account rather than using official government accounts, in a move that appears to contravene the intent of federal sunshine laws.
The Justice Department has filed criminal charges against Libyan militia leader Ahmed Khatallah, the first indictment in last year's deadly terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi — signaling a shift in a case whose political undertones have roiled the Obama administration over the past 11 months.
A Bonneville Power Administration official acknowledged Thursday that the federal hydropower agency made a "regrettable mistake" when it wrongly disqualified some veterans from hiring preferences, but she insisted that officials did not retaliate against whistleblowers who brought the situation to light.
The House's top investigators Wednesday accused the Obama administration of illegally trying to paper over the flaws in the new health care law, saying the president and his aides are going beyond their powers to cover up for the fact that so many states have rejected federally run exchanges.
House Republicans are weighing a major expansion of their investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservatives by looking into the audits of nonprofit groups, potentially opening another front in the scandal.
The Treasury Department watchdog now at the heart of the IRS scandal is planning to re-interview former GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell about whether her confidential federal taxpayer information was breached in 2010, as congressional investigators vow to press forward with emerging facts regarding Washington's involvement in the targeting of conservative groups.
IRS employees have told congressional investigators that they were ordered by the agency's Washington office to give extra scrutiny to tea party groups' applications for tax-exempt status, according to excerpts from interviews with the employees that were released by House committee chairmen Wednesday.
Responding to a report in The Washington Times on unauthorized snooping into federal tax records of political candidates and donors, the IRS said Tuesday that a case involving a deliberate breach of privacy was not committed by anyone working for the agency.
An IRS supervisor working in Washington told congressional investigators that she personally reviewed applications from groups for tax-exempt status, in testimony that appears to show the agency's scrutiny of conservative groups extended beyond the confines of the office in Cincinnati.
Already reeling after admitting it unfairly targeted conservatives, the IRS suffered a new setback Tuesday when its internal auditor released a report showing the agency spent $4.1 million on a lavish conference in California in 2010, including two free drinks for every attendee, and upgrades to suites for more than 100 employees.