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State IG hearing illustrates panel's conflict on probes

Question of whether depositions are voluntary at the center of battle.

With Thanksgiving looming, Democrats face major budget roadblocks

Iraq military operations bridge funding in jeopardy as Congress heads to holiday break.

Work continues on spying bills despite veto threats

Committee say timing is suspect on Democrats' ammendements to FISA bill.

TSA plays down GAO success at evading airport security

Adminstrator assures that "the American public can be confident traveling" at hearing.

Justice proposes requiring contractors to report suspected criminal violations

Rule would expand on regulations issued earlier mandating a contractor code of ethics.

Report faults State IG's management, but not motives

Howard Krongard characterized as unpopular boss who often dressed down employees and nixed travel requests.

Intel suffers from weak congressional oversight, senators told

Bipartisan bill introduced would create a committee in the Senate with funding and authorization power over intelligence.

Bush signs Defense bill

Measure includes $6 billion in unrequested domestic funds, including $3 billion for Louisiana residents displaced by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Bush signs order with, from left, OMB Associate Director Robert Shea, Deputy Director Clay Johnson and Director Jim Nussle.

Bush orders agencies to appoint ‘performance improvement officers’

Officials must make sure agency goals are “sufficiently aggressive” and “realistic.”

'Brusque' State IG denies making partisan decisions

Fueled in part by staff discontent, IG has been under congressional scrutiny.