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Committee expands Coast Guard's law enforcement powers

Coast Guard officers could get the authority to carry firearms while at a waterfront facility, make arrests for felony offenses and seize property.

TSA to adjust screener staffing levels at airports

Agency needs to reallocate staff based on limit of 45,000 screeners set by Congress.

House committee backs two-year base-closing delay

Lawmaker says the current climate of conflict in Iraq and the ongoing war on terrorism make it the wrong time to close military installations.

Union, Democrats demand flight attendant security training

Flight attendants demand the Transportation Security Administration require airlines to provide them with counterterrorism training.

Homeland security turf battle brews in House

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman says Homeland Security panel is supposed to focus on oversight, not legislation.

Rumsfeld defends Iraq policies

Joint Chiefs chairman acknowledges that forces in Iraq and Afghanistan are using up equipment faster than anticipated.

Report: Visitor-tracking program needs better management

US-VISIT effort lacks "rigorous, disciplined management," General Accounting Office concludes.

House presses for DHS management, procurement overhaul

House chairmen push for organizational change and plan to send a letter calling for a reduction in red tape in procurement processes.

Feds might pay National Guard homeland security costs

The fiscal 2005 defense authorization bill may include a provision that would allow governors to deploy the National Guard for state emergencies and bill the federal government.

Lawmakers question military, contractor training on war prisoners

House committee wants answers on involvement in Iraq inmate abuses.