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Recovery Act bred innovation in grant oversight

Federal agencies learned new approaches to accountability amid their effort to oversee massive spending on grants under the 2009 stimulus law, a review by the Government Accountability Office found.

Obama expected to focus on executive power in State of the Union

President Obama will look past Congress and focus on issues he can tackle through his own power in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

McConnell wants to use debt limit to leverage Keystone XL approval

Another debt limit showdown in February could be brewing as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday that Republicans would press the White House to approve the Keystone XL pipeline in exchange for a debt ceiling hike.

Federal privacy board majority recommends end to telephony metadata program

A federal privacy oversight board says the federal government should end the intelligence community's bulk storage of telephony metadata, stating that it has "shown minimal value" in counterterrorism efforts and that it raises constitutional concerns.

Verizon details government requests for user data

Verizon released its first report on government requests for customer information Jan. 22, drawing praise for its thoroughness. Federal, state and local authorities issued more than 320,000 requests for customer data in 2013, in the form of subpoenas, warrants, national security letters and court orders.

Obama announces surveillance program changes

President Obama announced reforms to the National Security Agency's surveillance programs in a speech Jan. 17, while also repeatedly defending their importance.

The Iran sanctions dispute and the power of the presidency

The clash over sanctions against Iran between President Obama and members of Congress--including Democrats--has complicated the idea that the president has more leeway on foreign affairs issues than domestic matters.

High court hears arguments on limiting recess appointments

The Supreme Court Monday heard oral arguments on a case that could determine the way presidents can use recess appointments to fill positions that normally require Senate approval. The case (.pdf), National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, challenges the constitutionality of President Obama's three recess appointments in 2012 to the federal labor relations board, appointments the D.C. Court of Appeals decision in 2013 said were unconstitutional.

Johnson confirmed as DHS secretary; departmental vacancies abound

The Senate confirmed Jeh Johnson to be the new homeland security secretary Dec. 16 by a 78-16 vote. It also moved a step closer to confirming Alejandro Mayorkas as deputy secretary of DHS, with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filing a cloture motion to proceed with his nomination.

Bulk telephony metadata likely unconstitutional, says federal judge

A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency bulk telephony data program likely violates the Fourth Amendment, characterizing a court case key to the program's legal underpinnings as irrelevant in an era of ubiquitous telecommunication. Official reaction to the ruling has been terse.