House, Senate are taking different approaches, but major reorganization is likely either before or shortly after the election.
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The Government Accountability Office calls on the Pentagon to improve its planning for mobilizing and managing reserve forces.
New legislation would require more cooperation and planning between the Homeland Security and Transportation departments to protect transit systems.
The order comes amid a flurry of disputes over the Air Force's tanker replacement plan.
Officials agree reform is needed, but differ over where power should reside.
Work on a first-ever authorization bill for the department had already bogged down this summer over partisan differences.
A group of 25 former and current federal employees lodges charges of mismanagement and corruption.
Attorney General John Ashcroft says department will add eight new forensic analysis centers.
Cabinet chiefs say position is "essential" and will provide "better unity of effort."