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Washington Examiner | Feb 2, 2017

GOP moves to undo Obama contractor ‘blacklist’

Republican lawmakers acted to formally undo one of former President Barack Obama's efforts to tighten labor regulations, with the House voting 236-87 Thursday on a resolution to undo an executive order that effectively created a blacklist for federal contractors that had been charged with labor violations.

Government Executive | Feb 1, 2017

Inspectors General Worry About Hiring Freeze, Regulatory Cap

Inspectors general, fresh off of passage of a new law enhancing their powers, “are concerned a lot about the potential impact of [President Trump’s] hiring freeze,” Justice Department IG Michael Horowitz told a House panel on Wednesday.

FCW | Feb 1, 2017

IGs to Congress: Give us greater authorities and more personnel

Agency watchdogs told members of Congress on Feb. 1 that the Inspectors General Empowerment Act has afforded them greater access to agency materials but noted that limited investigative authorities and staffing levels continue to constrict their effectiveness.