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Top Democrat says he would lead oversight panel in bipartisan manner

Postal reform bill is an example of a substantive measure that could be handled without partisan fighting, Waxman says.

Auditors blame VA data breach on security flaws

Inspector general reports have noted information security vulnerabilities at the agency since 1997.

House votes to block outsourcing of tax collections

Transportation-Treasury appropriations bill provision would freeze 2007 funding for contractor program.

Panel rejects stricter measures to protect chemical plants

Committee defeats several amendments to bill giving DHS authority to regulate facilities making, processing, storing or selling chemicals.

Legislator defends OMB program evaluation tool

Amendment to Labor-HHS spending bill would block use of ratings.

House committee OKs standards for security tools, training

Measure also would require DHS to create a program for transferring to the private sector terrorism and disaster response technology developed with federal funding.

Agencies may not meet goal of speeding security clearances

Industry officials predict December deadline could be tough even for swiftest agencies.

House backs 2.7 percent civilian pay raise for 2007

Bill specifically includes Defense, Homeland Security employees in the increase.

Presidential Prospects

Recent polls show John McCain as a favorite for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, and Hillary Clinton as the leading Democrat.