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`SMALL PROBLEM': CHENEY DISCOVERED IRREGULARITIES IN HIS RECORDS FROM HIS TIME IN CONGRESS.

Defense Secretary Dick Cheney has discovered he bounced "some checks" at the troubled-plagued House bank during his five terms in Congress, an administration source said Tuesday.

A second source described Cheney's banking as "a small problem."Cheney himself was to discuss the matter at an afternoon news conference at the Pentagon, officials said. He would be the first Cabinet member to acknowledge check-writing problems.

"He will talk about the House banking issue," said Col. Dave Burpee, who is in charge of the Pentagon's office of information.

The sources said Cheney at first thought he had no check problems during his tenure in the House of Representatives, which extended from 1979 to 1989.

Following an intense weekend study of his own bank records, the secretary found some irregularities, said the source.

The second source said it appeared to be "a small problem. He's the kind of guy that once he finds anything amiss, he's ready to get it out there," and discuss it, the second source said.

The White House ordered its Cabinet members to take a look for any irregularities that may have occurred during their time in Congress.

Besides Cheney, Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan, Labor Secretary Lynn Martin, Agriculture Secretary Edward Madigan and Housing Secretary Jack Kemp served in the House during part of the 39-month period investigated by the House ethics committee.