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Bush calls for expanded federal role at home, abroad

President Bush made a pitch for at least temporarily beefing up the size and scope of the federal government in his first official State of the Union address Tuesday night, calling for an expanded federal role in winning the war against terrorism, protecting the United States and reviving the economy.

Aviation security agency faces budget, staffing challenges

Transportation Department Inspector General Kenneth Mead told a House panel Wednesday that the new Transportation Security Administration faces "tremendous budgetary challenges" in implementing baggage-screening technology and must hire 40,000 employees to provide air security.

Agencies to receive more money, scrutiny, OMB chief says

Under the 2003 budget plan the Bush administration will submit to Congress next month, federal program managers can expect funding increases, but also more oversight of their operations, Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels said Thursday.