Senate on final night of 111th Congress approves acting head of GAO as permanent.
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Measure clears House on Wednesday, but is blocked in Senate through an anonymous hold.
Bill marks first effort to restructure oversight in more than 70 years.
Ban will not be lifted until administration certifies that implementation will not hurt military readiness or effectiveness, unit cohesion, or retention.
Language that would have brought more work back in-house was not included in either chamber’s version of Defense authorization bill.
Bill seeks to counteract corruption within the nation’s largest law enforcement agency.
OMB Watch reports increased inspections, fines and warning letters from Obama appointees monitoring consumer health, worker safety and the environment.
In 2009, 428 troops were discharged, down from the 633 discharged in 2003.
Mindful of last year's Christmas bomber, Brennan seeks to reassure.
Seven Senate Democrats and 20 House Republicans could face tough reelection battles in 2012.