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Panel votes to crack down on veterans' grave vandals

June 13, 2008 The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to impose severe federal penalties for vandals who desecrate graves or steal grave plaques of deceased military veterans. Without discussion, the committee approved the House-passed bill (H.R. 3480) on a voice vote for Senate consideration. The House approved the bill on May 21. Metal ...

Senator accuses FBI of retaliation against whistleblowers

May 22, 2008 Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, went before the House Judiciary Crime Subcommittee Wednesday and accused the FBI of retaliating against those who criticize the agency's actions. "Underneath all of the good things the FBI does, unfortunately, there is a history of abuse, mismanagement and retaliation so strong that it has become ...

Private tax collectors under fire by House appropriators

April 15, 2008 The IRS program of using private debt companies to collect unpaid taxes, which has cost more than the collectors have brought in, drew fire Tuesday from the House Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee. "The program allows private companies to collect unpaid taxes and to pocket up to 24 percent of the ...

Intelligence officers call al Qaeda nuclear threat real

April 2, 2008 Two high-level government intelligence experts testified Wednesday that al Qaeda is intent on attacking the United States with a nuclear weapon but has not developed a nuclear device. In a hearing, Charles Allen, chief intelligence officer for the Homeland Security Department, said there is no doubt that al Qaeda wants ...

Congress pushes to make more information public

March 31, 2008 Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, are pushing legislation to make Congress' activities more transparent after winning support last year to set a deadline for federal agencies to respond to requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act. The two lawmakers are asking their ...

Coast Guard is pressed to meet security demands, GAO says

March 6, 2008 The Coast Guard, hampered by an aging fleet and manpower problems, faces challenges in meeting its homeland security demands as well as its traditional role of maritime safety, Government Accountability Office officials told a House appropriations panel Wednesday. Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen acknowledged at a hearing of the House ...

Justice nominee may get special two-month appointment

December 19, 2007 Federal Judge Mark Filip, nominee for deputy attorney general, may get a special two-month appointment so he can quickly get on the job while the Senate is on recess, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., announced Wednesday. At the confirmation hearing for Filip, 41, to replace former Deputy Attorney General ...

Panel OKs pay hike for federal judges

December 13, 2007 The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to give federal judges a 31 percent pay increase, a move denounced by a senior Republican as failing "the smell test." The bill cleared on a 28-5 vote and moves to the full House for consideration. Advocated by Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts, the ...

VA Secretary nominee gets favorable Senate hearing

December 5, 2007 Retired Lt. Gen. James Peake, President Bush's nominee for Veterans Affairs secretary, breezed through a Senate confirmation hearing today with bipartisan support. Members of the Veterans' Affairs Committee praised Peake, 63, a highly decorated veteran with 38 years of Army service including time in Vietnam and two years as its ...

America already is in a cyber war, analyst says

November 27, 2007 A technology expert said Tuesday that the United States is in the midst of an active cyber war and is now implementing still-secret security plans for protection. Andrew Palowitch, a former CIA official who is now an industry consultant to the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, peeled back a ...