UPDATED 19:22 PM EDT, May 13, 2013 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Max Baucus says the Senate Finance Committee will investigate the IRS targeting conservative political groups, joining a growing list of congressional panels looking into the matter.
The Finance Committee would be the first in the Democratic-controlled Senate to announce an investigation. The Montana Democrat is the panel's chairman.
In the House, the Ways and Means Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, also are investigating.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government auditors told a House panel Tuesday that efforts to build four veterans medical centers are taking on average about three years longer to complete than estimated and costing an additional $366 million per project.
Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., said the Veterans Affairs Department's oversight of major constructions projects doesn't meet industrial standards and described it as dysfunctional. Coffman, who chairs a House subcommittee, said the construction problems ultimately lead to delayed health care for veterans.
Federal Aviation Administration safety inspectors are doing a poor job of policing aircraft repair facilities, leaving passengers vulnerable to risks such as faulty parts, the U.S. Transportation Department's internal watchdog has found.
The new warning comes five years after similar concerns were raised about FAA's ability to oversee aircraft repairs, and the latest review found little has changed.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A government watchdog has criticized an official's decision to grant a Central California American Indian tribe federal recognition, which gave it the right to federal benefits and a reservation where it could pursue a casino.
The U.S. Department of Interior's Office of Inspector General said in a report released Tuesday that it found no discernible process followed by then-Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk to recognize the Tejon Indian Tribe in 2011 over at least one other group that had submitted a similar application.
Hospitals that Americans are building to serve local populations in Afghanistan may not be sustainable after U.S. troops leave the country in 2014, the chief U.S. watchdog for Afghan recontruction bluntly warns.
The Environmental Protection Agency will need a decade or more to complete assessments of dozens of toxic chemicals it targeted under a more aggressive approach unveiled last year, according to the Government Accountability Office.
GAO reported Monday that EPA has been slow to use its powers to collect the information it needs from companies under the Toxic Substances Control Act, making it hard to say whether the agency will meet its plans to ensure chemical safety.
While helping to clean up America, the Environmental Protection Agency didn't always buy American.
Investigators for the EPA inspector general found foreign-made steel pipes in a stimulus-funded project in President Obama's home state of Illinois that violated federal regulations, and now they want taxpayers' money back. But the agency is resisting demanding a refund.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top congressional Democrats are examining whether gaps in federal regulations might be placing at risk those who work and live near more than 6,000 fertilizer plants like the one that exploded in West, Texas.
The probe comes as investigators try to determine what caused the April 17 fire and explosion that killed 14 and injured hundreds.
BOX ELDER, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials temporarily stopped funding a $361 million water pipeline for a Native American reservation in Montana after learning that millions of project dollars were missing and a Chippewa Cree leader in charge of the project steered federal dollars to a company he owns.
The tribe has since replaced the missing money, but federal funding for the pipeline won't resume until tribal leaders show they have permanently fixed the problems, Bureau of Reclamation regional director Michael J. Ryan said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Judges struggling to handle a surge of disability cases sometimes award benefits they might otherwise deny in order to clear cases faster so they can meet quotas imposed by the Social Security Administration, according to a lawsuit filed by the union representing the agency's administrative law judges.