Legislation introduced in 2009 advances, after more than one year on the shelf.
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Interior chief says he will request a fivefold increase, noting currently 62 inspectors are responsible for nearly 4,000 drilling activities in the Gulf of Mexico.
There was only one general officer poised to take over quickly and help troops in Afghanistan maintain their focus, according to the Defense secretary.
Legislation would require agencies to identify and recover nearly $100 billion in mistaken payments.
Error rates and amounts publicized on site ; Internet users encouraged to report fraud, waste or abuse.
Officials are looking for redundancies in organizations and programs, according to chief of operations.
Budget chairman says he hopes the House will take up the package before the July 4 recess.
Missouri Democrat has commitments from 68 senators to end the practice of anonymously stalling nominees and bills.
High-tech sensors could have accurately estimated the amount of oil escaping, but BP executives turned down the technology saying the deep-water well would be capped quickly.
Agency also must address funding of pensions and retiree health benefits to cut costs, panelists say.