Oversight chairman seeking copy of Trump hotel lease
House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz(R-Utah) said Wednesday he’s requested the federal government’s contract with Donald Trump’s D.C. hotel as questions swirl about whether the new president is violating the lease agreement.
Agency seeks clarity on DHS election role
The federal commission that helps state governments develop voting systems and administer elections plans to sit down with officials from the Department of Homeland Security in the coming days to get a clearer understanding of the implications of that agency's "critical infrastructure" designation of state voting systems.
Lawmakers Admonish Ethics Official Over Tweets About Trump
Lawmakers from both parties on Monday admonished a federal ethics official who sent a series of tweets commenting on President Donald Trump's potential conflicts of interest.
The unethical Office of Government Ethics
At any point, Obama appointee Walter Shaub, head of the Office of Government Ethics, may claim the Trump administration has a conflict of interest if his namesake Trump Hotel in Washington accepts reservations from any business, organization or individual who chooses to stay there. Of course, Schaub was previously silent and never alleged any wrongdoing when those same travelers stayed at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, despite Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker's deep family ties to the ...
House GOP Warns Agencies Against Accelerated Hiring in Anticipation of Trump’s Freeze
The lawmaker with chief oversight responsibility of federal agencies is warning them against binge hiring out of fear of a hiring freeze under the incoming Donald Trump administration.
U.S. congressional committee demands answers on WHO cancer agency
The chairman of a U.S. congressional committee investigating taxpayer funding of a World Health Organization cancer agency has asked U.S. health officials to release crucial documents.
Improper payments rose to $144B in 2016
For the fourth straight year, the federal government increased the amount of money described as improper payments. The Government Accountability Office is reporting that agencies exceeded $144 billion in improper payments in fiscal 2016, up from $137 billion in 2015.
Oversight chairman: I won’t be ‘cheerleader’ for Trump
House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) insisted Monday he won’t be a “cheerleader” for Donald Trump but argued that the incoming president will be exempt from most federal conflict of interest laws.
Government accountability legislation gets House backing, heads to Senate
A package of bills aimed at government oversight and transparency was voted out of the House Wednesday, as the 115th Congress settled in to its first week of legislative work. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said in a statement that the bills “promote good and efficient government.”