Republicans favor open negotiations that members of the public could watch on television.
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Senator wants to combine the duties of four agencies into one oversight body.
U.S. judge dismissed charges last week against five private security contractors involved in a deadly 2007 shooting in Baghdad.
Aide cites threat of procedural obstacles in leadership's decision to bypass formal conference committee to hammer legislative differences.
Bombing plot hearings to begin Jan. 20; Senate still needs to consider nominees for three top DHS jobs.
Christine Griffin was confirmed five months ago, but starts this week; former EEOC commissioner to lead diversity efforts.
The Transportation Security Administration, which has not endorsed the real-time survey , has not responded to an offer to receive the polling results.
The short-term $290 billion increase will allow the government to do business past Jan. 1, according to the Treasury Department.
Under current law, the Federal Transit Administration is prohibited from directly regulating the nation's public transit systems.
Michael Michener had come under fire for focusing on Afghanistan projects at the expense of the agency’s traditional roles.