House panel backs plan to place secretary of Homeland Security eighth in line to succeed president.
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Critics say administration is moving too slowly on other border security initiatives.
President Bush has suggested a military-enforced quarantine in the event of a pandemic, but the idea gives others pause.
Pilots for CIA-run secret airline who flew clandestine missions in Southeast Asia had sought retirement benefits.
House, Senate appropriators want to finalize schedule for completing all 11 spending bills before Nov. 18, when current continuing resolution expires.
Appointment of Paul Denett, former senior procurement executive at Treasury and Interior, could come soon.
Supervisors should create performance objectives for employees who work away from the office, new guide says.