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Wall Street Journal | Dec 30, 2015

Two House Panels to Review NSA Handling of Israeli Communications

Two House panels said they would review how the National Security Agency handled communications it collected when Israeli officials campaigned in Congress earlier this year to block the Iran nuclear deal.

Forbes | Dec 29, 2015

House Oversight Probes Hillary Speech Fees To Clinton Foundation

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has written a letter to the Director of the Office of Government Ethics about the troublesome speech fees Mrs. Clinton failed to disclose while she was Secretary of State. There were millions of dollars in speech fees not disclosed, allegedly because Mrs. Clinton had performed speeches on behalf of her Foundation. She may have thought they didn’t have to be disclosed, but Mr. Chaffetz still questions ...

Associated Press | Dec 17, 2015

State Department official says US has revoked 9,900 visas due to terrorism threats since 2001

 A State Department official says the U.S. has revoked more than 122,000 visas since 2001, including 9,900 because of the threat of terrorism.

Associated Press | Dec 17, 2015

Lawmakers want details on vetting, including social media checks, for those bound for US

The investigation of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, was just hours old when lawmakers, law enforcement and the public started asking the same question: How did U.S. authorities miss the signs that a Pakistani woman asking for a visa because she was engaged to an American had been radicalized?

The New York Times | Dec 17, 2015

House Panel Faults Failure to Review Visa Applicants’ Social Media Use

A bipartisan group of lawmakers aggressively questioned Obama administration officials on Thursday about the government’s efforts to properly vet visitors and asylum seekers coming to the United States, raising concerns that terrorists could exploit the system to enter and carry out attacks against Americans.

The Washington Post | Dec 17, 2015

Lawmakers seek details on vetting for those bound for US

The U.S. has checked social media in some capacity in refugee cases and has found, in a small sampling thus far, the information can be ambiguous in screening value and frequently inaccessible to reviewers, a Homeland Security official testified Thursday.

Bloomberg | Dec 15, 2015

Republicans Scrutinize FDA’s Vouchers, Generic Drug Approvals

House Republicans are seeking information about priority vouchers awarded to makers of drugs for rare diseases, asking whether the Food and Drug Administration program is being taken advantage of.

PJ Media | Dec 14, 2015

DHS Official Unable to Answer Basic Questions About the U.S. Visa Waiver Program

A Department of Homeland Security deputy assistant secretary had no answers for Congress last week when questioned about the U.S. visa waiver program, leaving Republicans worried that "DHS seems clueless about what is going on with potential threats to our security.”

FCW | Dec 11, 2015

Chaffetz renews call for OPM CIO’s resignation

The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has renewed his call for the Office of Personnel Management to fire its CIO after an inspector general report found the agency violated federal acquisition policies in awarding a contract worth as much as $20.7 million.

CNN | Dec 10, 2015

OPM hit for mishandling data breach cleanup

The federal agency that had more than 21 million Americans' personal information stolen in a massive hack is once again in congressional cross-hairs -- this time for improperly doling out taxpayer dollars to protect those Americans after the data breach.