Language would give top privacy official subpoena power and authority to report directly to Congress.
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Risk is that the Pentagon may be unable to produce accurate estimates of how much it will need for the longer span.
Agency officials will not say whether divestiture effort has been called off altogether.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., launches an investigation.
Democrats plan to give most domestic agencies the amount enacted for last year, leaving about $3 billion to redirect to programs in need.
Common definition would be precursor to estimating wasteful spending on Iraq reconstruction.
Jo Anne Barnhart focused on reforming the disability claims process.
Issue revolves around Minerals Management Service failure to include price thresholds for royalty payments in leases granted in 1998 and 1999.
The House blocked a similar bill in 2005, but supporters say the measure has a better chance of passage with Democrats in control.
GAO chief says the information would help lawmakers engage in constructive oversight.