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Critics want panel to more closely scrutinize DHS E-Verify initiative

Department has not asked advisory committee to report on program enabling employers to electronically verify the legal status of newly hired workers.

House passes SES diversity legislation

Bill creates an office within OPM that will collect data about senior executives.

Senate passes fiscal 2009 budget resolution along party lines

Measure would cap discretionary spending at $1.013 trillion, $21 billion more than President Bush requested.

Gearing Up

Democrats must be prepared to trot out Plan B, which hinges on the distinct possibility that Florida will slip out of reach again.

State Department taps Foreign Service veteran to be acting IG

Harold Geisel served as acting IG in 1994 and also has held other senior management jobs at the department.

Senate could vote soon on budget resolution

Vote could come as early as Wednesday, says Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D.

Senator wants post created to curb rising weapons costs

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.

Report: Justice collects more fines but funding stays flat

Inspector general has recovered $4.7 million in fines and restitutions since October, despite a relatively level budget and staff size.

Coast Guard reaches milestone in massive equipment modernization project

Commandant Thad Allen talks about the troubled "Deepwater" program now that the service has received its first new long-range cutter in 36 years.

Forward Observer: Our Pricey Military

The country's small, high-paid, all-volunteer force just does not have the staying power to wage long wars.