Democrats, Republicans can't agree on parameters for discussing fiscal 2005 appropriations measure.
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Navy Secretary tells employees process is “like designing a complex weapon system.”
Report prompts call for overhauling CIA and other agencies, including creating a director of national intelligence post.
A showdown is expected between Republicans and Democrats over the Homeland Security Department's first-ever authorization bill.
Report says agency has not adequately addressed discrepancies despite initiative begun in 1994.
Chambers placed on paid leave in December after discussing budget shortfalls with media.
Congress is considering new vision, dental and hearing benefits for federal employees willing to pay for them.
Defense spending bill is the only one to be approved by both chambers so far.
"Consistent stream of intelligence" shows terrorists want to disrupt November elections, Homeland Security says.