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The Hill | Jan 29, 2016

House panel calls hearing on Flint water crisis

The House Oversight Committee is set to grill federal and state figures involved in the water crisis in Flint, Mich., over their responsibility for the city’s lead contamination.

The Hill | Jan 26, 2016

Oversight investigating possible backdoor in government networks

The House Oversight Committee is investigating the government’s use of a vulnerable technology that some fear could have allowed foreign governments to snoop on encrypted U.S. communications.

Nextgov | Jan 25, 2016

Oversight Lawmakers Probe Extent of Juniper Hack Across Federal Government

A key House committee is probing the use, across the U.S. government, of Juniper Networks firewalls now known to have been hacked.

Bloomberg | Jan 22, 2016

Obama to Seek $95 Million to Harden Defenses Against Hackers

President Barack Obama will ask Congress for $95 million in his fiscal 2017 budget to harden defenses against computer hacks like last year’s theft of government personnel records for about 20 million people, officials said on Friday.

The Washington Post | Jan 22, 2016

Pentagon to take over control of background investigation information

The Defense Department will take over responsibility for storing sensitive information on millions of federal employees and others from the Office of Personnel Management and the government will create a new entity to oversee background investigations, Obama administration officials announced Friday.

Government Executive | Jan 22, 2016

EPA Official in Flint Region Will Resign by Feb. 1

The Great Lakes regional official who handled the Flint, Mich., water crisis for the Environmental Protection Agency tendered her resignation, the agency confirmed.

Associated Press | Jan 21, 2016

EPA Regional Chief Resigns in Connection With Flint Crisis

A regional director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency resigned Thursday in connection with the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and EPA chief Gina McCarthy issued an emergency order directing state and city officials to take actions to protect public health.

Forbes | Jan 20, 2016

IRS Wipes Another Hard Drive Defying Court Order…But You Must Keep Tax Records

Talk about Déjà vu. Despite a court order to preserve documents, the IRS wiped the hard drive of an important IRS official, Mr. Samuel Maruca. Controversially, Mr. Maruca helped the IRS hire Quinn Emanuel, an outside law firm tasked with pursuing Microsoft. Hiring outsiders at over $1,000 an hour (!) angered Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, who wrote

Associated Press | Jan 20, 2016

Price-hiking pharma exec Martin Shkreli gets House subpoena

House lawmakers have issued a subpoena to compel former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, reviled for price-gouging, to appear at a congressional hearing next Tuesday.

USA Today | Jan 20, 2016

Nearly 500K foreigners overstayed visas in 2015

Nearly half a million foreigners who legally entered the U.S. remained here after their visas expired last year, according to a government study that is the first of its kind.