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Oversight committee hopefuls enter the spotlight

January 31, 2008 The announcement by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ranking member Tom Davis, R-Va., that he will not seek re-election will have multiple political repercussions, creating opportunities on the committee and in Davis' district while removing a lawmaker unusually engaged in details of government operations. Davis said Wednesday he will...

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Committee Dems favor permanent chemical security rules

December 12, 2007 Senior Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee said Wednesday that they favored making permanent the regulations issued by the Homeland Security Department to secure chemical manufacturing and storage sites. Both Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Homeland Security Transportation Security Subcommittee Chairwoman Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas -- whose...

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E-government bill clears senate government panel

November 15, 2007 The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee easily adopted a bill Wednesday reauthorizing legislation to improve the accessibility of online government information another five years. The bill, introduced by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., was approved by the committee by voice vote. The legislation...

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Governmental Affairs Committee moves IG legislation

November 15, 2007 Citing the need for inspectors general to gain more independence from federal agencies, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee adopted a bill strengthening IGs autonomy. The measure, sponsored by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., and ranking member Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has come...

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Senate panel OKs bill to expand telework eligibility

November 14, 2007 Citing the need to reduce long commutes and traffic congestion, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved a bill make more federal employees eligible to work from home or other remote sites. The bill, S. 1000, was adopted by unanimous voice vote. It would make all...

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Panel backs bill to boost contract opportunities for veterans

October 19, 2007 The House Small Business Committee approved a bill on Thursday designed to increase opportunities for veterans to have a larger role in procurement of federal contracts. The measure (H.R. 3867) as passed by 21-4 vote. The passage was bipartisan, with four Republicans voting to adopt the bill. It gives priority...

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Homeland Security chief touts faster cargo scanning

August 16, 2007 Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Thursday the United States was making progress toward scanning more incoming cargo without slowing commerce. Speaking before the Departmental Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, a panel of private-sector shipping and retail executives, Chertoff said the United...

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Panel OKs emergency funds for recovery from bridge collapse

August 2, 2007 In the wake of the devastating bridge collapse in Minneapolis Wednesday evening, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Thursday authorized emergency funds for the recovery effort. The bill (H.R. 3311) was passed by a unanimous voice vote without debate. Sponsored by House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman James Oberstar, D-Minn.,...

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Panel backs annual reports on disabled veteran employment complaints

July 2, 2007 Moving through an agenda of four bills on Friday, the House Veterans Affairs Economic Opportunity Subcommittee approved a bill requiring the Labor Department to issue a report on employment complaints by veterans with combat-related disabilities. The bill (H.R. 1632) sailed through the subcommittee, being approved by voice vote. Sponsored by...

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Panel backs measure to curb contract bundling

April 25, 2007 In a show of strong bipartisan support, the House Small Business Committee on Tuesday quickly pushed through a bill that would make tougher the practice of "contract bundling." The bill (H.R. 1873) reauthorizes the Small Business Administration's procurement programs under the Small Business Fairness in Contracting Act. It scales back...