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Federal News Radio | Jun 30, 2016

Obama celebrates 50th anniversary of FOIA by signing update to law

President Barack Obama is bookending his administration with new efforts to expand access to government information just before the 50th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act becoming law.

FCW | Jun 23, 2016

House passes bill to expand IG powers

The House passed a bill on June 21 that seeks to clarify federal watchdogs' authority.

The Washington Post | Jun 22, 2016

Lawmakers ask: Did the framers lay the groundwork for the IRS chief’s impeachment?

A panel of legal scholars on Wednesday debated the legal standards for impeaching Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen, dividing over whether the framers of the Constitution meant to include gross incompetence as as reason for an ouster.

The Hill | Jun 22, 2016

Judiciary chairman signals openness to censuring IRS chief

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) on Wednesday appeared open to censuring IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

The Washington Post | Jun 21, 2016

House seeks to give government watchdogs more bite

Government watchdogs would be able to sink in their teeth more deeply into agencies they are investigating, under two bills set for House votes Tuesday.

Forbes | Jun 17, 2016

House Committee Votes To Censure IRS Commissioner Koskinen

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has voted to censure Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen over obstruction claims. Specifically, Koskinen was accused of misconduct related to an investigation into IRS targeting of groups seeking tax-exempt status. The vote was 23-15, predictably along party lines.

Nextgov | Jun 16, 2016

Oversight Lawmakers Demand Overdue Data Security Plan from Census

For the first time in 2020, the federal government will allow millions of American households to fill out census forms using the internet. It’s part of the U.S. Census Bureau’s grand plan to leverage technology in a bid to shave billions off the price tag for the decennial count.

The Hill | Jun 16, 2016

Chaffetz seeks to hold Obama official in contempt over water rule

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) wants to hold a high-ranking Obama administration official in contempt of Congress over his response to an investigation into a contentious water pollution rule.

The Washington Post | Jun 14, 2016

Lawmakers charge Park Service chief oversees culture of sexual harassment

National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis was confronted Tuesday by angry lawmakers in both parties for looking the other way at what they called a culture of sexual harassment in his agency.

Politico | Jun 13, 2016

Politico: House panel will vote on censuring IRS Commissioner Koskinen

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will meet Wednesday to vote on censuring IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.