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Richard Burr Hatches 'Win-Win' Plan To Reform NSA Surveillance

6 days agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- With senators appearing steadfastly divided on whether to renew expiring Patriot Act provisions or replace them with a bill to curb government spying, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said he...Show More Summary

Daily dose: McCrory's GEAR doesn't catch in House edition

House GOP leaders snub McCrory's centerpiece reform effort (Raleigh News & Observer) – Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s signature reform program for promised government efficiency could be in trouble after a legislative committee approved a draft budget that doesn’t fund its essential personnel. Show More Summary

Inspector General of DHS: 'We're Concerned TSA Isn't Executing its Mission'

On Wednesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee convened an important hearing on airport screening and surveillance entitled...

EPA Employee Reportedly Watched Porn in Office on Take Your Kids to Work Day

In May 2014, the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform revealed in a hearing that an Environmental Protection Agency employee who made $120,000 per year had been observed watching pornography at work—and had admitted that he watched two to six hours of pornography at work every day—but hadn't yet been fired. Show More Summary

Daily dose: McCrory's GEAR slips edition

3 weeks agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

NC GEAR doesn’t engage at legislative reception (WRAL-TV) -- A key legislative committee gave a chilly reception Monday to the final report from NC GEAR, Gov. Pat McCrory's signature initiative to reform state government. The two-year,...Show More Summary

The government just made it harder for them to spy on you… sorta

3 weeks agoTechnology : Pando Daily

The House Judiciary Committee has advanced a version of the Freedom Act that limits the government’s surveillance abilities without sweeping reforms. This version of the Act is expected to end the National Security Agency’s bulk data...Show More Summary

FBI’s Proposals for Mandatory Tech Security ‘Back Doors’ Is Slammed by Bipartisan Committee

4 weeks agoNews : Truthdig

The U.S. Committee on Oversight and Government Reform considered Wednesday whether Congress should pass laws requiring companies to add “back doors” to their tech products. In other words, the FBI wants a way to get into consumer data that theoretically only law enforcement—and not hackers—can exploit.

Less than half of Hong Kong backs government electoral reforms: survey

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Less than half of Hong Kong supports the government's electoral reform proposal which would see a pro-Beijing nominating committee select candidates for the city's next leader in 2017, even after major pro-democracy protests demanding open nominations crippled parts of the city last summer.

Senate Committee Advances Chemical Safety Reforms

4 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee advanced legislation on Tuesday that would update the nation's 39-year-old law governing chemical safety, over the objections of some Democrats on the panel. The Frank R. Show More Summary

Shorten your security line wait by ticking off your State Representative

Jason Chaffetz, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform,recently complained to the Transportation Security Administration about the long line at Salt Lake City International Airport. According to the Salt Lake...Show More Summary

Congress is fed up with DEA chief Michele Leonhart

last monthHumor / odd : Boing Boing

DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart has received a vote of "no confidence" from members of the House Oversight and Government Reforms Committee. Read the rest

Lawmakers Declare 'No Confidence' In DEA Chief Michele Leonhart After Tales Of DEA Sex Parties

last monthNews : Huffington Post

A bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers said Wednesday that they have no confidence in Drug Enforcement Administration head Michele Leonhart. The statement comes a day after a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing...Show More Summary

Bipartisan House statement expresses lost confidence in DEA chief

The powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has lost confidence in Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart, according to a statement from a majority of the panel Wednesday. “After over a decade of serving...Show More Summary

GOP investigators asked Clinton about private email in 2012

Rep. Darrell Issa of California, then the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, asked the State Department about it in a December 2012 letter about officials' use of personal email. The letter asked if any senior agency officials used personal email to conduct official business.

Does Speaker John Boehner Have the Political Will to Pursue IRS Thug Lois Lerner?

The Department of Justice has refused to charge former IRS chief Lois Lerner on criminal contempt charges after she refused to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last year. But this doesn’t have to be the end of any possibility of bringing Lerner to justice. Show More Summary

Rahm's rule: Aldermen get a pass

If Mayor Rahm Emanuel were serious about reforming city government, he would have followed through on a threat he murmured in 2011 to nudge Ald. Ed Burke out as Finance Committee chairman and strip him of his hopped-up, Secret Service-style security detail that ferries him around town,...

Congress Focuses In On NFL's Non-Profit Tax-Exempt Status In Letter

2 months agoNews : Huffington Post

A long-time sticking point for Washington, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) sent a letter late Wednesday to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell saying that the committee is reviewing the tax-exempt status...Show More Summary

House Committee Passes Bill Banning Federal Employees from Watching Porn at Work

2 months agoNews : Mediaite

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today passed a bill that would prohibit federal employees from watching or accessing pornographic material on government devices, because apparently that wasn't already the policy.

3 things to know about a key FOIA reform bill making its way through Congress

2 months agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

A bill that would make significant changes to the Freedom of Information Act got a lift this morning when it was approved by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. This legislation represents the biggest amendment to...Show More Summary

Blog: CPJ joins call for meaningful reform of US surveillance

Mass surveillance and the bulk collection of metadata by the U.S. government pose serious threats to journalists in the U.S. and around the world, which is why the Committee to Protect Journalists today joined a wide coalition of privacy, human rights, technology, and trade groups calling on Congress and the...

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