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Senate confirms Chertoff to head Homeland Security

Despite brief delay in scheduling of vote, nomineee is approved unanimously, 98-0.

Energy secretary defends request for nuclear 'bunker buster' study

Samuel Bodman says plan is "merely a matter of trying to respond to what we perceive to be the wishes of this Congress."

House GOP may balk at some provisions in supplemental

Foreign aid items in war supplemental could draw ire from legislators.

Rumsfeld defends supplemental, proposed program cuts

Lawmaker questions use of supplemental to fund recurring expenses of Iraq war.

GSA to hire outside contracting help

Draft statement of work calls for contractor employees to be deployed at regional offices around the country.

Cybersecurity rating rises--barely

Lawmakers give government an overall grade of D+, up from a D in 2003, but several agencies make significant gains.

Officials warn that more financial controls come with a price

Lawmakers question when agencies can begin auditing their internal controls.

New homeland security secretary praises department's employees

Michael Chertoff says he wants to hear from them about how to make the department better.