The $3.1 billion spending measure is the first fiscal 2010 appropriations bill the chamber has approved this year.
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Projected costs have jumped from $24.2 billion to $26.3 billion, and could increase further, analyst tells lawmakers.
Administration should build on existing frameworks for evaluating the performance of programs, report says.
Congress could vote on several measures before August recess that would affect federal pay raise, retirement and leave.
Beatrice Heghmann alleges billions of dollars earmarked for creating electronic health records put personal data 'a mouse-click away from . . . an intruder.'
Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn wants to make it easier for the public to examine staff salaries, travel and administrative costs.
Former officials recommend Interior Department fund be turned into an independent trust paid for by royalties from energy development on public lands.
Senate hearing this week will highlight an upcoming report on management challenges at the agency, congressional spokeswoman says.
Commandant Adm. Thad Allen and his team are overhauling the service from the inside out.
Agency is training employees to use technology wisely to disseminate information.