The Government Accountability Office - Congress's investigative arm - has an office at the super-secretive National Security Agency's headquarters, but it keeps no staff there because lawmakers have not made enough oversight requests, the agency's head told Congress last week. Keep Reading
Members of the House of Representatives sought details on Thursday of a $30 billion plan to secure federal government systems and upgrade network defenses to ward off attacks from foreign nations and online criminals.
House and Senate Democratic leaders are headed into talks today that they say could lead to a breakthrough on legislation to revamp domestic surveillance powers and grant phone companies some form of immunity for their role in the administration's warrantless wiretapping program after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.Keep Reading
In a letter Friday, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, urged Gov. John Baldacci to request an extension for the state's complying with the federal REAL ID Act, which establishes national standards for state-issued driver's licenses.
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee hinted Sunday that a battle over an expired eavesdropping law might be moving toward a conclusion that gave phone companies the retroactive legal protections long sought by President Bush.Keep Reading
House lawmakers yesterday raised concerns about the privacy implications of a Bush administration effort to secure federal computer networks from hackers and foreign adversaries, as new details emerged about the largely classified program.Keep Reading
Using some of his toughest language in weeks, President Bush prodded Congress on
Thursday to pass his preferred version of surveillance legislation, asserting
that every day of delay could put the country in danger.
Republicans are convinced that highlighting their counterterrorism policies will be a political winner in this presidential election year, and they have focused this week on Democratic opposition to their version of a new surveillance bill as a way to paint Democrats as soft on national security, according to GOP lawmakers and their aides.Keep Reading
The Taliban has retaken control of about 10 percent of Afghanistan's territory, less than seven years after being run out of the country by US military forces, intelligence officials told Congress Wednesday.Keep Reading