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    This doesn't change the fact that the GAO is under Congress, not under the President.

    As much as I like Obama, and as much as the 110th Congress disappointed me, the last thing we need to be doing is increasing executive power (by giving Obama control over the GAO, or even pretending he's in charge of them), and reducing the ability of Congress to perform their constitutionally mandated oversight functions.

    The executive branch can and should perform internal audits of the DOJ, but they can't and shouldn't direct the GAO to do this.

    Congress can and should direct the GAO to perform an external audit of the DOJ, and use that information to decide what laws should be passed to reduce the risk of crap like this happening again.

    But, most of all, We The People need to be riding our congresspeople to perform their congressionally mandated oversight functions, regardless of how much or little we like the current executive, because a lot of this crap would never have happened if the 107th, 108th, 109th and 110th Congresses had been doing their jobs to begin with.

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