First-ever authorization bill for the department seeks to bolster information sharing between federal, state and local agencies.
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Homeland Security bill includes less funding than requested to hire intelligence officers, but endorses proposals for protecting critical infrastructure.
Budgeted to handle 19,444 detainees, agency houses thousands more and lacks funds to hold them, documents show.
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.
All personnel in Central Command and selected units in Pacific Command will be given anthrax and smallpox vaccinations.
The Pentagon and the military services haven’t analyzed gaps in skills among workers, GAO says.
House and Senate propose $35 million for Homeland Security Operations Center, matching Bush’s request.
Democrat investigates Defense Department’s agreement with subsidiary of firm indicted for role in California energy crisis.
Homeland Security officials say they would target response rather than shut down ports across the country.