House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (right) and ranking member Norm Dicks (left) have been trying to make sure the Surveys and Investigations work group continues to provide the committee with oversight information on a bipartisan basis.
Detailees are the "types of people who know these agencies and bureaucracies inside and out on every layer. They have the experience and expertise to know where the bodies are buried."
Additionally, beyond identifying places to cut spending, these officials can also "defend good programs ... they know the good and the bad," Hing added, because they have a better understanding of how programs are working.
Nevertheless, Lilly argues that the changes could result in higher long-term costs to taxpayers and that the GOP's insistence they are using well-aimed scalpels to identify cuts "flies completely into the face of what they're actually doing."
Laura Barron-Lopez and Jonathan Easley contributed to this report.