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Congressional Budget Office: Patent bill cost exceeds expected revenue

Bill would would increase federal spending by $26.9 billion.

Food and Drug Administration snubbed offer by USDA to help inspect plants

FDA requested use of third-party food safety inspectors because of limited funding and manpower.

Industry hoping for action on data security bill this year

Legislation would update the six-year-old bill establishing requirements for securing personal or sensitive data.

GAO chief announces resignation

David Walker says he'll leave March 12 to head new foundation.

DHS and Labor want to revamp program for hiring temporary farm workers

More than half of the 1.2 million agricultural laborers are undocumented immigrants.

Chairman delays bill to prevent debt collection from service members killed in action

Under current law, the VA is required to contact family of deceased to collect debt.

Air Force envisions multiyear contract for new tankers

The multiyear buy would not immediately affect Air Force budgets.

Surplus federal computers not reaching rural towns

Advocates push for passage of a bill that would direct federal surplus property to communities in need.

DHS chief defends grant funding, new satellite office

Congress won't see department transition plan before the incoming administration.

First-term House Dems win earmarks while dueling over mantle of reform

Freshmen accounted for $263 million in personal, single-sponsor earmarks.