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Few details, many challenges for new security agency

The Homeland Security Department proposed by the Bush administration is nothing if not bold. The new Cabinet-level agency focused on protecting Americans from terrorist attacks would dwarf most federal agencies in size and assume many non-security functions as well.

Bush proposes massive overhaul of homeland security agencies

In what would be the biggest restructuring of government since World War II, President Bush proposed Thursday to move seven entire agencies and offices from several others into a new cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security.

Personnel reform, but no layoffs, envisioned for new department

No federal employees would be laid off if a 170,000-person Department of Homeland Security is created by consolidating dozens of existing federal offices, the Bush administration said.