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.
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House committee wants answers on involvement in Iraq inmate abuses.
Protecting borders and transportation systems command much of the department's budget.
They include liability issues, intellectual property protection and the sharing of confidential company information with the government.
Plan includes the possibility of federalizing security forces and creating a specialized unit to guard facilities.
ChoicePoint CEO Derek Smith says the airline passenger pre-screening system in development is too much like the controversial Terrorism Information Awareness data-mining project.
Despite public outcry over recent data-sharing flaps, the government plans to issue a directive this summer requiring airlines to turn over passenger records.
The bottom line will be close to the $401.7 billion the Bush administration requested, senators say.
Pentagon officials are mulling a decision about whether to proceed with the $23.5 billion plan to acquire 100 Boeing 767 refueling tankers.
An interagency working group grapples with how to handle events ranging from the dedication of the World War II memorial to the national political conventions.