Powerful committee chairman defeat attempts to transfer some of their oversight and appropriations duties to retooled panel.
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House, Senate committees limit spending inititatives, criticize department's budget submission.
Lawyers for Teresa Chambers vow to appeal decision, saying her First Amendment rigths were violated.
Accuses leakers of "undermining what this country is supposed to be about."
American Federation of Government Employees says domestic diva’s incarceration shines unfavorable light on staff cutbacks at federal prisons.
Debate on a variety of unrelated issues, from hurricane relief to highway spending, holds up passage of appropriations measure.
Defense authorization bill also includes 3.5 percent pay raise for military service personnel.
Defying veto threat, conferees retain language blocking potential outsourcing of more than 1,300 immigration services jobs.
Will performance pay and other personnel reforms spread to the rest of the government? No one really is sure.
Sens. Collins, Lieberman, beat back efforts to weaken role of national intelligence director.