Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut will chair the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs panel.
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Transportation Department and Small Business Administration jump from lowest ranking to highest in just a few months.
FEMA is at its highest staffing level this year, but is still falling short of meeting its hiring goals.
Agency will publish score card tracking agencies' progress on meeting small business contracting goals.
Current resolution expires Friday at midnight.
Auditors at DHS also will look into background checks for building security contractors and efforts to purchase Customs and Border Protection dogs.
Measures approved by the Senate and introduced in the House would reverse a last-minute termination provision passed before recess.
Emerging option would be to pass up to three more bills, with each becoming the vehicle for two others.
Leaders from both parties have agreed to at least try to finish fiscal 2007 spending bills in lame duck session.
Veterans Affairs’ move to consolidate technology operations addresses much of what was in the bill, Senate spokesman says.