Skip to main content

News Articles

Washington Post | Mar 6, 2017

GOP, Democrats blast TSA for withholding information

A hard-hitting, bipartisan congressional oversight hearing is good government at work — especially if you like blood sports. It can be a brutal experience for an agency head in the hot seat when Republicans and Democrats are rightly and mutually disgusted with a bureaucracy’s performance and its leaders.

USA Today | Mar 1, 2017

Debt-plagued U.S. Postal Service eyes bipartisan bill to solve woes

The "Forever" stamp turns 10 years old in March. That's about how long the postal service has faced declining mail volumes and a growing mountain of debt. Mail volume is now at a 29-year low, and for the past 10 years, USPS recorded annual losses as high as $15.9 billion. Last year, it tallied a $5.6 billion loss. The beleaguered service, its regulatory agency and members of Congress hope 2017 will mark a turning point.

The Hill | Feb 23, 2017

House chairman criticizes FEMA’s Louisiana flood response

A House panel is investigating the federal government’s emergency response to last year’s historic flooding in Louisiana.

New York Times | Feb 22, 2017

A.T.F. Filled Secret Bank Account With Millions From Shadowy Cigarette Sales

The investigation and the looming racketeering trial will bring renewed scrutiny to the A.T.F., which has been buffeted in recent years by the botched gun-tracking operation known as Fast and Furious and its mismanagement of undercover investigations.

Washington Post | Feb 7, 2017

House Panel Displays Bipartisan Unity Over Bill to Save Postal Service From Financial Ruin

There have been days when 2157 Rayburn House Office Building had the feel of a boxing match. It’s the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee room where Republicans and Democrats have been known to go at each other with vehemence. That wasn’t the case Tuesday.

The Hill | Feb 7, 2017

House panel hones in on postal service reform

One of Congress’s most contentious committees is pushing toward a rare bipartisan victory: reforming the United States Postal Service.

Associated Press | Feb 7, 2017

GOP Chairman: No Oversight Talk at White House Meeting

Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah told reporters that before he even sat down in the Oval Office, "The president said, 'No oversight. You can't talk about anything that has to do with oversight,'" Chaffetz responded: "Fair enough."

Wall Street Journal | Feb 7, 2017

Jason Chaffetz on House Oversight of Trump Administration: ‘We Have a Job to Do’

House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz said he would faithfully carry out his mission conducting oversight and investigations of the executive branch, after an Oval Office meeting with President Donald Trump. “We have a job to do and we’re going to do it,” he said.

Federal News Radio | Feb 6, 2017

House Oversight committee places high priority on renewing E-Gov Act provisions

While the federal IT and acquisition communities still are “patiently” waiting for President Donald Trump to name key players at the Office of Management and Budget, the General Services Administration and the Office of Personnel Management, Republican lawmakers gave us a little bit of insight into their plans for 2017.

Washington Post | Feb 3, 2017

Bipartisan Hill leaders warn White House on whistleblowers

Is it divine intervention or just a fortuitous coincidence that congressional defense of federal whistleblowers comes as the two-week-old Trump administration is making government employees nervous?