Agencies classified 14 million new documents in fiscal 2003, an increase of 60 percent over the comparable figure for fiscal 2001.
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Ashcroft spent $210,000 in 2003 stumping for the law, according to GAO.
President Bush and Congress have provided the Homeland Security Department millions of dollars next year for a myriad of technology-related programs.
Electronic Privacy Information Center calls for suspension of Secure Flight testing until concerns can be ironed out.
Space program observer with ties to Bush effort says administration is "reviewing whether or not we want to be signatory" to 1967 pact on peaceful use of space.
Lawmakers try to break stalemate over proposed national intelligence director.
Agencywide announcement comes on heels of report criticizing 2003 awards program as too expensive.
Critics fear overhaul may change focus, priorities of Senate Governmental Affairs panel.