House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub are meeting on Monday to talk about recent comments about President-elect Trump and conflicts of interest.
Walter Shaub, the director of the Office of Government Ethics, wrote to Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, calling for transparency and public education to the ensure citizens know how his agency oversees and guards against executive branch ethics issues.
The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has called for more scrutiny of the Office of Government Ethics for its critical stance on President-elect Donald Trump’s potential conflicts of interest prior to taking office.
Just hours after the conclusion of James Mattis’ confirmation hearing to be the next secretary of Defense, a broad bipartisan majority of 81 senators voted Thursday to make an exception from the seven-year cooling off period for military officers and allow him to become the department’s top civilian leader.
The Government Accountability Office issued its 2016 report on federal financial management and once again can’t offer an opinion because of incomplete data from DoD, HUD and NSF.
Congress’ two defense policy committees were set to meet Thursday to consider whether retired Gen. James Mattis should be the next secretary of Defense, something both houses of Congress will have to approve since his confirmation would require the suspension of a federal law that demands military officers be out of uniform for seven years before they become the military’s civilian boss.
Gen. John Kelly, the President-elect’s pick to be the Homeland Security Department’s new secretary, said he recognizes DHS’ immense challenges and plans to study up on the previous administration’s attempts at management reform.
The 115th Congress is coming fast out of the starting blocks. Plans for this week include no less than nine hearings on nominations for the Trump administration in addition to repealing the Affordable Care Act. It’s already passed some bills changing the lives off federal employees. Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the latest.
President Obama’s 2.1 percent pay hike may be the last feds see for awhile from Congress, says Jeff Neal, former DHS chief human capital officer.
A declassified report the intelligence community is set to release to Congress and the public next week on alleged Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election will assert that cyber attacks were only one part of a complex and adeptly executed information campaign — one that the nation’s top intelligence officer says the U.S. is inadequately equipped to counter.
Donald Trump is objecting to the move by House Republicans to eviscerate the independent Office of Congressional Ethics
The first order of business for the 115th Congress will be conducting confirmation hearings for some of Trump’s nominees and addressing the repeal of Obamacare.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) raises questions about safeguards for congressional staffers against retaliatory criminal referrals initiated by the executive branch.
2016 was a busy year for agency oversight. Congress wanted to know about potholes and detours on the road to DATA Act implementation and demanded answers and accountability from departments with “toxic work cultures.” Federal News Radio’s Meredith Somers tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the progress agencies made toward their 2016 goals and the challenges they’ll face in 2017.
The Government Accountability Office found three common themes for how the EPA, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the Employment and Training Administration dealt with decreases in new money over a five-year period.