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Officials cite progress on bureaucratic problems at Walter Reed

April 17, 2007 Pentagon officials cited progress Tuesday in overcoming bureaucratic and infrastructure problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other facilities, but agreed more needs to be done. Despite claims of improvements made at a House hearing, Oversight and Government Reform National Security Subcommittee Chairman John Tierney, D-Mass., was not satisfied. ...

Senate panel backs stiff penalties for war profiteering

April 13, 2007 The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to exact million dollar fines and stiff prison sentences on anyone found guilty of garnering excessive profits from war, relief efforts or reconstruction operations. The committee swiftly approved the bill (S. 119) on a voice vote without amendment making war profiteering a crime. ...

Panel votes to require agencies to report data mining activities

April 12, 2007 After a six-week delay, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved legislation to require federal agencies to report to Congress on details of any data mining programs they have to harvest travel or other information that could lead to terrorists. By a voice vote, the panel approved and sent the ...

Inspectors general probe fraud, profiteering in Iraq

March 20, 2007 The special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction told a Senate panel Tuesday that corruption is widespread in the Iraq government and among U.S. contractors. "First, corruption in Iraq has been -- and is -- a problem of great enormity within Iraq's government," Stuart Bowen told the Senate Judiciary Committee. The ...

Senate judiciary panel revises rule for U.S. attorneys

February 8, 2007 Reacting to Democratic allegations the Bush administration fired several U.S. attorneys possibly for politically connected replacements, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday revised rules for filling U.S. attorney vacancies. On a 13-6 vote, the committee adopted a compromise measure from Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, ranking member Arlen Specter, R-Pa., ...

Senate subpanel advances $51.2 billion Commerce-Justice bill

July 12, 2006 A Senate Appropriations subcommittee rejected President Bush's plan to end a popular police grant program to localities Tuesday as it easily approved a $51.2 billion fiscal 2007 bill to fight crime, boost oceanic research programs, and fund space flight. The measure (H.R. 5672) swept through the Senate Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee ...

Coast Guard authorization bill sails through House panel

June 29, 2006 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Wednesday approved a $9.6 billion fiscal 2007 authorization bill for the Coast Guard that includes a goal to speed the modernizing of the service's ships and planes. The bill was dispatched by voice vote to the House for action. The measure included an amendment ...

Senate subcommittee approves Interior-EPA spending bill

June 27, 2006 Acting swiftly, a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday boosted President Bush's request to fund land, air and water programs in a $26.1 billion fiscal 2007 spending bill for the Interior Department and conservation agencies. The Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved its $26.1 billion measure by voice vote. Members complied with the ...

House panel OKs office to compensate vets for ID theft

June 22, 2006 The House Judiciary Committee took a step Wednesday toward compensating veterans who might be victims of identity theft because of the loss of millions of Veterans Affairs Department personnel records. On a voice vote, the committee approved the legislation, clearing the way for likely House approval next week. The bill ...

Fate of threat advisory system remains unclear

April 26, 2006 A move to revamp the much-maligned homeland security color code system that signals the degree of terrorist threats remains in doubt. The House Homeland Security Intelligence Subcommittee approved a measure last month banning color coding to designate security threats. The bill would overhaul the dissemination system to require specific advisories ...