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Measure seeks penalties for contract cost overruns

Language in House defense bill would let the Pentagon reopen programs significantly exceeding cost goals to competition.

GOP mulls perils of immigration fight

House Republicans keep focus on border security and remain reluctant to back President Bush’s call for a temporary worker program.

NSA surveillance program unlikely to jeopardize criminal cases

Former intelligence court judge says government has been careful to separate evidence obtained with a warrant from that gathered in eavesdropping program.

Defense agency resumes processing some clearances

Move will help 2,000 secret-level applications; Top Secret credentials and requests for re-investigations still stalled.

Panel approves Homeland Security spending bill

Bill funds DHS personnel system below president’s request.

House panels OK conflicting plans to fix FEMA

One measure would make the agency independent again; other would keep it within the Homeland Security Department.

Rumsfeld presses for resolution of impasse on supplemental funding

Neither the White House nor House leaders want the final price tag to exceed $94.5 billion.

Bush sets plan to beef up Border Patrol, send in Guard

Six thousand National Guard members will be deployed to Mexican border pending implementation of initiative to add 6,000 border control officers by the end of 2008.

DHS fails to submit strategic border security plan

Subcommittee says DHS has yet to produce plan demanded last month; fiscal 2007 funding at risk.

State control of troops essential, state Guard leaders say

Bush administration tried -- and failed -- to federalize National Guard units deployed to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina last year.