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.
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.
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.
House Moves to Disclose Presidential Library Funding
The House on Wednesday quickly passed a bill that would give the public a better view of donations going to presidential libraries and may offer a temporary window into Barack Obama’s fundraising.
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.”
Proposed rule clarifies privileges for presidential records disclosure
New year, new president, and the National Archives and Records Administration is making sure there are no questions around disclosure of presidential records, and reminding agencies of their own accountability to archive data during a time of change.
Obama Designates Two New National Monuments in Utah and Nevada
President Barack Obama designated two new national monuments in Utah and Nevada, a move that critics say appears designed to infuriate rural Westerners opposed to federal control of public lands.
House Panel Urges New Law for U.S. Cellphone Surveillance
A House committee has recommended Congress pass a new law to create national standards for how police officers and federal agents use powerful cellphone tracking technology in their investigations.
Oversight panel calls for tougher rules on using cellphone tracking Stingrays
A bipartisan House Oversight report is questioning the transparency and constitutionality of law enforcement's use of controversial cellphone trackers and calling for new rules.