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Ridge praises public service, offers advice

Secretary says creation of Homeland Security Department required strong leadership and keeping employees informed.

Contractors were hired to oversee interrogations

Documents show senior-level "advisers" managed security and intelligence-related activities.

Security forces set up 'hard zone' at Democratic convention

Secret Service hosts a Multi-Agency Communications Center with more than 70 representatives of 40 government agencies and private firms.

Secret Service agent is man behind convention security curtain

Special Agent Scott Sheafe has spent 13 months in Boston overseeing security preparations for the first post-9/11 political convention.

Partisan fissures continue to stall homeland authorization bill

A plan to mark up parts of the bill that enjoyed bipartisanship before the August break was stymied.

Agencies criticized for overclassifying information

9/11 commission report recommends government share more information, but new study finds classification costs increased $1 billion in a year.

House, Senate send Defense appropriations bill to president

$417.5 billion measure cuts $1.6 billion from President Bush's budget request.

Congress approves bill to boost Coast Guard funding, hiring

The fiscal 2005 spending bill increases active-duty Coast Guard personnel from 37,000 to 45,500.

Director of 9/11 panel says CIA threat center not realizing potential

Commission recommends new management plan based on private sector models.