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Bill to limit Tricare fee hikes gains support in Senate

Pentagon has defended plan to increase fees for some military retirees; premiums have not been raised in 11 years.

New Hampshire may buck feds over national IDs

The Granite State would be the first to refuse to comply with a federal statute requiring state-issued IDs to meet national standards by 2008.

Ex-FEMA director withholds endorsement of new nominee

James Lee Witt, who headed the agency in the Clinton administration, says he is encouraged by support for making FEMA independent again.

Davis joins push to restore FEMA’s independence

Position puts the House Government Reform Committee chairman at odds with leaders of other powerful committees.

Rice seeks better welcome for foreigners

State Department has decreased wait times for visa applicants, with 97 percent now receiving their visas within a day or two.

Mandatory employment verification seen as privacy threat

Pilot program allowing employers to screen information from job applicants against federal databases has been a disaster, ACLU lawyer says.

Union officials criticize Bush’s choice for FEMA director

But David Paulison wins backing of some legislators.

Senator pushes Navy to reimburse Northrop for post-Katrina delays

Such costs are generally covered by insurance, but the defense giant and its insurer are in litigation.

Homeland Security gets moving on border project

Department is looking for a contractor to help develop and integrate technology and infrastructure with border personnel.

Air Force chief argues for future cuts in reserve forces

Request comes as governors and National Guard leaders are fighting an Army decision to seek funding for 17,000 fewer Guard troops.