Agency accused of failing to implement program overhaul enacted nearly 16 months ago.
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Funding for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan might be depleted by mid-November.
New organization would act “as the single point of authority” for research and development of medical countermeasures against bioterrorism and natural disease outbreaks.
Federal effort was plagued by communications gaps, Michael Chertoff tells lawmakers.
Committee interested in what responses to Katrina and Rita say about ability to handle terrorist attack.
Members of panel disagree with key senators on proposal to change formula for first-responder grants.
Homeland Security secretary says 1,500 Border Patrol agents are being hired to beef up enforcement.
Department defends decision, saying plan was meant for unforeseen disasters.
Defense secretary tells Pentagon officials to push for changes in "obsolete" laws and work on legislation to give department greater management flexibility.
Various departmentwide initiatives would be included in agency’s portfolio.