UPDATED 22:52 PM EDT, May 16, 2013 | PETE YOST, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has allowed terrorists into America's witness protection program and has failed to provide the names of some of them for the watch list that's used to keep dangerous people off airline flights, the Justice Department's inspector general says.
As a result of the department's failure to share information with the Terrorist Screening Center, some in the witness protection program who were on a "no-fly" list were allowed to travel on commercial flights, the department's watchdog said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman of the House oversight panel is asking a veteran diplomat and a former chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff for sworn testimony about their investigation into the deaths of four Americans at a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons lacks clear standards on when to grant compassionate release to inmates with terminal illnesses and limited life expectancies, the Justice Department's inspector general says.
In a study of 206 such requests from 2006 through 2011, the director of federal prisons approved 142 releases and denied 36, the investigator's office found. In 28 cases, the inmates died before a decision was made.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is footing more of the bill for overseas bases in Germany, Japan and South Korea even as the military reduces the number of American troops in Europe and strategically repositions forces in Asia, a congressional report says.
WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP lawmakers have subpoenaed the private emails of Labor secretary-nominee Thomas Perez, a possible sticking point ahead of his Senate confirmation hearing next week.
The subpoena, issued Wednesday by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrel Issa, R-Calif., to the Justice Department, seeks the emails as part of an investigation into an agreement Perez brokered last year in his capacity as the nation's top civil rights enforcer.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Federal and state officials say six underground tanks holding a brew of radioactive and toxic waste are leaking at the country's most contaminated nuclear site in south-central Washington, raising concerns about delays for emptying the aging tanks.
The leaking materials at Hanford Nuclear Reservation pose no immediate risk to public safety or the environment because it would take perhaps years for the chemicals to reach groundwater, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday.
When President Barack Obama pledged unprecedented openness in government on his second day in office, his Justice Department dispatched a missive laying down the new rules for all federal agencies.
The Freedom of Information Act, the primary law guaranteeing the public access to government information, "should be administered with a clear presumption: in the face of doubt, openness prevails," the decree declared in January 2009.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democrat and a Republican who once spent a harrowing night together flying over the African bush are at the forefront of Congress' changing guard on foreign policy.
Sixteen years after that frightening flight over the Angolan jungle, Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez and Republican Rep. Ed. Joyce will collaborate again as the new chairmen, respectively, of the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs committees.