Issa hits fed crackdown on tree-trimmer

By Jim McElhatton | The Washington Times The House’s top investigator said Wednesday that a federal agency’s decision to pursue criminal charges against a tree trimmer for accidentally disturbing bird nests in California highlights a troubling disparity in how private citizens and misbehaving government workers are treated. Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican and chairman of […]

House Passes Federal It Reform Yet Again, This Time with Defense Bill

By Rebecca Carroll | Nextgov The urgent need for federal IT procurement reform became a national story last year, after the cumbersome system’s limitations were blamed in the failed launch of HealthCare.gov. Legislation has consistently had the backing of both Democrats and Republicans. In the House, FITARA has been jointly sponsored by Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., […]

He KNEW! Obama told of Veterans Affairs health care debacle as far back as 2008

By Jim McElhatton – The Washington Times The Obama administration received clear notice more than five years ago that VA medical facilities were reporting inaccurate waiting times and experiencing scheduling failures that threatened to deny veterans timely health care — problems that have turned into a growing scandal. Veterans Affairs officials warned the Obama-Biden transition team in […]

$474M for 4 failed Obamacare exchanges

By Jennifer Haberkorn and Kyle Cheney www.Politico.com Nearly half a billion dollars in federal money has been spent developing four state Obamacare exchanges that are now in shambles — and the final price tag for salvaging them may go sharply higher. Each of the states — Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada and Maryland — embraced Obamacare, and […]

Republicans hit IRS’ Lois Lerner with contempt

By: Rachael Bade | politico.com The House voted to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress, just three days before the anniversary of the day the former IRS official ignited the tea party targeting furor. The Republican-led chamber voted largely along party lines 231-187 to place the woman who has become the face of the […]

Issa Subpoenas Kerry to Testify on Benghazi

By: Matthew Boyle The move comes in the wake of new, “smoking gun” emails that show top White House officials working to craft a narrative that the attack was the result of a YouTube video and “not a broader failure of policy.” Republicans have expressed outrage that the documents were not provided earlier under subpoenas […]