Department has not asked advisory committee to report on program enabling employers to electronically verify the legal status of newly hired workers.
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Bill creates an office within OPM that will collect data about senior executives.
Measure would cap discretionary spending at $1.013 trillion, $21 billion more than President Bush requested.
Democrats must be prepared to trot out Plan B, which hinges on the distinct possibility that Florida will slip out of reach again.
Harold Geisel served as acting IG in 1994 and also has held other senior management jobs at the department.
Vote could come as early as Wednesday, says Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D.
Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said he would model the position on the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation, who oversees tests for major acquisition programs.
Inspector general has recovered $4.7 million in fines and restitutions since October, despite a relatively level budget and staff size.
Commandant Thad Allen talks about the troubled "Deepwater" program now that the service has received its first new long-range cutter in 36 years.
The country's small, high-paid, all-volunteer force just does not have the staying power to wage long wars.