Gumming Up Government, But Only For A While

November 25, 2014 7:55 AM Comments

The October 2013 government shutdown lasted only 16 days, but its impact was felt months afterward in government operations, according to a GAO report that looked at activities at the departments of Health and Human Services, Transportation Energy.

Wyden Calls for IRS Action on ‘Mega IRAs’

November 24, 2014 9:12 PM Comments

US Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D – Oregon) has insisted that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) should implement the recommendations of a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on independent retirement accounts (IRAs) with very large account balances, also known as “mega IRAs.”

Candidate to Replace Hagel is Former Pentagon Insider

November 24, 2014 9:08 PM Comments

Michele Flournoy, the leading contender to become the next secretary of Defense, is a well-respected former Pentagon official who is not well-known outside military circles.

VA Fires Director of Phoenix Hospital System

November 24, 2014 9:07 PM Comments

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has fired Sharon Helman, the head of the scandal-plagued Phoenix hospital system.

Agency That Few Americans Use Draws Controversy

November 24, 2014 12:14 PM Comments

For a federal agency that few Americans have ever heard of and almost none will ever use, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) sure can gin up some controversy.

Push for More Openness After Obamacare Data Mix-Up

November 24, 2014 11:15 AM Comments

Controversy over inflated Obamacare enrollment numbers has renewed demands for the administration to be far more open about sign-up data and other crucial aspects of the health care law.

Defense Secretary Hagel to Resign

November 24, 2014 10:29 AM Comments

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is reportedly stepping down due to pressure from the Obama administration, according to news reports Monday.

How the Republican Congress Can Win The Public’s Trust

November 24, 2014 7:05 AM Comments

The author says that Republicans have won Congress but not the public’s trust and that earning that trust will require them to prove that they put the public interest ahead of their own. One bill mentioned in this regard involves expelling congressional employees from the Federal Employees Health Benefits program.

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