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Forward Observer: Rumsfeld's Potted Plants

Critics say military chiefs are failing to speak their minds on issues including troop levels, despite a 1986 law encouraging them to do so.

University denied federal funds to replace hospitals damaged by Katrina

FEMA is only permitted to pay for repairs, but in some cases, starting over from scratch could be a better investment.

Justice official to launch privacy panel

Department’s first chief privacy officer says her primary responsibility is protecting Americans’ freedom.

Hong Kong firm's cargo screening deal questioned

Container-scanning contract being awarded on a no-bid basis should be receiving more attention, former Homeland Security IG says.

DHS moves to deploy transportation ID cards

House committee's port security bill would require TSA to begin issuing cards by June 2007.

Vacancies at the top put FEMA's funding in jeopardy

Acting director says agency will have a permanent leader, and close to 95 percent staffing level, by June.

Management flaws cited for failed DHS contract

Cost to complete the financial integration project will be in the $150 million to $200 million range, official tells lawmakers.

House panel probes Defense bills for taint of scandal

Committee is looking at three Defense authorization bills to ensure Cunningham didn’t exercise improper influence.

Lawmakers criticize Navy plans to shrink submarine fleet

House members question the security and workforce implications of a plan to reduce the fleet to as few as 40 boats.

Probe raises doubts over focus of DHS agency's investigations

ICE puts only 15 percent of resources toward cases with security or terrorism connections, GAO says in report disputed by the agency.