Senate is likely to move legislation first because it already passed a comprehensive package earlier this year under Republican control.
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Addition of members with military credentials could give Democrats added clout during anticipated floor debates on the war in Iraq.
Observers don’t, however, expect drastic changes in government information technology policy.
On-site child care makes life more convenient, if not more affordable.
Incoming leader of the House Homeland Security Committee emphasizes the need to improve retention at the department.
Whistleblower cases referred for investigation jumped in fiscal 2005; advocates say increase doesn’t make up for lost ground.
Homeland Security authorization bill and the screening of all cargo bound for U.S. seaports also top agenda for likely chairman of House panel.
Most of the commission’s recommendations have been implemented in some respects, but legislation is needed to fix gaps, aides say.
Leaders are working on an agreement to pass a continuing resolution to keep the government running until Dec. 8.