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Draft Homeland Security bill directs management changes

First-ever authorization bill for the department seeks to bolster information sharing between federal, state and local agencies.

Bush wins some, loses some in security funding game

Homeland Security bill includes less funding than requested to hire intelligence officers, but endorses proposals for protecting critical infrastructure.

ICE releasing illegal aliens on nationwide basis

Budgeted to handle 19,444 detainees, agency houses thousands more and lacks funds to hold them, documents show.

Army tracks repair contracts as maintenance workload increases

But service officials say they have no plans to seek a waiver of a law requiring that half of all repair work be done by federal employees.

Defense Department to expand vaccinations

All personnel in Central Command and selected units in Pacific Command will be given anthrax and smallpox vaccinations.

Defense civilian personnel planning efforts found lacking

The Pentagon and the military services haven’t analyzed gaps in skills among workers, GAO says.

Lawmakers back full funding for data-sharing center

House and Senate propose $35 million for Homeland Security Operations Center, matching Bush’s request.

Senator probes Pentagon energy contract

Democrat investigates Defense Department’s agreement with subsidiary of firm indicted for role in California energy crisis.

Critics question federal preparedness for attacks on ports

Homeland Security officials say they would target response rather than shut down ports across the country.

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