The Obama administration has temporarily barred more than 3,800 contractors from winning new federal work so far in 2012, the most on record.
U.S. government agencies have canceled dozens of conferences and pared down other events following a scandal over a General Services Administration bash in Las Vegas.
Food companies, consumer groups and even a senior administration official are pressuring the White House to announce new food safety regulations that were mandated by law to be released more than four months ago.
"With one in six federal dollars going to contractors and grantees, we have an ongoing responsibility to ensure taxpayer dollars are not at risk for waste, fraud and abuse."
- Moira Mack on Dec 19, 2012