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HHS awards contract for radiation countermeasures

Under $21.9 million agreement, company will deliver 450,000 doses of drugs to combat exposure to radiological materials.

Chertoff announces major changes for FEMA

Measures will include hiring as many as 1,500 full-time employees to help in disaster relief.

Investigators detail fraud, waste in FEMA disaster assistance

Agency is no better prepared today for a large-scale disaster than it was last summer, DHS inspector general says.

Fight over Pentagon proposal to raise health care fees begins

Plan to raise enrollment fees and deductibles on a sliding scale based on rank at retirement would save $11 billion over the next five years.

Pentagon shares some lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina

Faster damage assessments, unified command and control structure to coordinate multiple agencies’ efforts, are needed, Defense officials say.

DHS runs drill to test readiness for online attack

Observers call exercise an important step, say it was more extensive than past incident-response drills.

Ex-FEMA head says White House warned about flooding

Michael Brown also says he was frustrated by Homeland Security Department bureaucracy and focus on terrorist threats.

Pentagon to finish personnel system tweaks Friday

Working group is nearly done simplifying performance management system.

Pentagon backs dual leaders in domestic crises

Placing a single person in charge of active-duty and Guard forces is not a good idea in such situations, Defense official says.

Senators decry slow progress on passenger screening projects

Transportation Security Administration director says comprehensive audit would be necessary to review one system, further delaying it.