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Funding is reserved for UAVs to monitor borders

Vehicles would be purchased with $82 million included in $2.7 billion budget for border security.

Bill to overhaul Freedom of Information Act goes to Bush

Provision prohibits agencies from collecting search fees if they fail to respond to a request in 20 days.

Senate passes omnibus spending bill with unfettered Iraq funds

Bush's aides say the president will sign the $560 billion measure.

Probe finds high risk of fraud in Defense transit subsidy program

Inspector general and GAO cite poor oversight, insufficient controls.

Backlog of Social Security disability claims likely to grow

Congress increases funding for SSA to address growing number of requests for hearings; but experts say fundamental changes still needed.

Spending bill cuts pandemic preparedness budget request

Omnibus measure sets funding at $76 million after Bush requested $870 million; lawmakers say $1.2 billion is available in funds from previous appropriations.

Justice nominee may get special two-month appointment

Mark Filip, nominee for deputy attorney general, may get special accommodation because of the importance of the No. 2 position at the department.

Slip-Sliding Away

The GOP's situation developing for 2008 is not so much a wave as a drainage problem.

House passes omnibus spending bill with 3.5 percent raise

Democrats back down on many spending priorities; Bush indicates he'll sign measure.

GAO says cost of Army's 'modular' conversion will climb

Restructuring combat brigades will exceed most recent estimate of $52.5 billion.