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Even backers find fault with immigration bill

Senate Democrats urged to support bill containing a guest-worker program despite reservations; House version focuses solely on border security.

House approves $18.4 billion Agriculture spending bill

Measure exceeds Bush’s discretionary spending request by $564 million, blocks national animal ID program until concerns are addressed.

Patent office union expresses concern over massive telework program

Agency officials say they will meet their goal of enrolling 500 employees by year’s end, but union officials are skeptical.

Trial of former procurement chief begins

Prosecutor alleges Safavian lied, misled officials about dealings with Abramoff; defense lawyer argues the two were simply friends.

Lawmaker demands return of documents taken in FBI raid

Justice Department resists, stating that other means of getting information from the Louisiana congressman had been exhausted.

FEMA pushes back timeline for meeting hiring target

Contingency contracts are not all in place either, agency official tells lawmakers.

VA to shift up to $25 million to handle data theft inquiries

Money would come from four IT programs, one of which could take a 50 percent cut if all funds are needed.

Lawmaker renews calls to build fence guarding border

Fence proposed by Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., would stretch 392 miles through the desert, from California to Arizona.

Qualifications of Bush pick to head FEMA praised at hearing

At his confirmation hearing, Acting Director David Paulison told senators he is trying to overcome the agency’s morale problem.