The quality of congressional investigations rose after Watergate, with more of them having a great deal of impact, a Dec. 4 Brookings Institution paper by New York University professor Paul Light says.
The bill (H.R. 1604), sponsored by House Natural Resources subcommittee on energy and mineral resources Chairman Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) would transfer to a newly-created National Geospatial Technology Administration geospatial functions now residing in the departments of Agriculture (regarding national forests), Interior and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The National Security Agency gathers nearly 5 billion records daily of cellphone locations by tapping into cables that globally connect mobile networks, show new documents from Edward Snowden reported by the Washington Post.
The House passed three bills regarding the Transportation Security Administration Dec. 3. all with broad bipartisan support.
Components of the Homeland Security Department continue to have weak cybersecurity practices, particularly with the security authorization process, the departmental inspector general says.
Veterans Affairs Department disability claims processing problems at the regional level resulted in improper payments that the VA will likely never recover, Deputy Assistant Inspector General Sondra McCauley told a House panel Wednesday. Some of the problems come from Veterans Affairs regional offices not complying with Veterans Benefits Administration policies.
A new name for the Government Printing Office would clear up confusion about the agency and help it attract a younger workforce, Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks said.
Veterans Affairs medical centers didn't properly review incidents where patients were injured due to a doctor's intervention, a Dec. 3 Government Accountability Office report says. When a medical provider injures a patient, a confidential protected review is done to evaluate the role of individual providers in the event, the report says.
The Internal Revenue Service hasn't proven that it can prevent improper payment of tax credits for those who can't afford healthcare under the Affordable Care Act, a recently released Sept. 27 Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report says.
Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia tied for countries perceived as most corrupt, while New Zealand and Denmark came in at the opposite end of the perception spectrum, according to Transparency International's newest annual corruption index. The index scores 177 countries based on a combination of surveys and assessments of corruption. It doesn't score actual corruption, something that likely resists objective measurement, just perception of corruption toward each country.