It looks like Bush has hit yet another snag in selling his agenda to fellow Republicans on the Hill. Recall a few days ago we heard about proposals to further erode civil service protections beyond Homeland Security to the entire federal civilian workforce.
It looks like the two chairs with responsibility over such a change are not hot on the idea. CongressDaily reports (and Government Executive reprints) that Susan Collins, chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Tom Davis, chair of the House Committee on Government Reform, see no need to rush headlong into the restructuring. Collins see the rules at DHS as an "experiment" rather than a blueprint. It helps that, as Republicans go, Collins and Davis tend to be among the reasonable ones most of the time.
Waxman, ranking Dem on Govt Reform, notes that Bush's original rationale for the civil service exceptions -- the needs of defense and quick response for anti-terror efforts -- do not apply to, say, the Bureau of Land Management or the Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students (now that's a mouthful, even for native speakers!).
Darn those inconvenient facts yet again!