Fight erupts over language providing incentives, grants to airports using private screening companies.
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Lawmakers also ask Marine Corps whether the supplemental spending bills allot enough for overhauls of equipment damaged in Iraq.
DHS inspector general cautions against simply "transferring the problem."
Lawmakers express concerns about efficiency, signal they are considering a funding cut.
Emergency management experience could come from a variety of jobs, including law enforcement and firefighting, preparedness chief says.
Homeland Security’s proposed technology budget for next year emphasizes border and transportation security programs.
Preliminary report to be released in June will brief congressional committees on equipment shortages, troop strength and other issues.
Bill would require $400 million to be reserved annually for port security grants, an approach that diverges from the one favored by DHS.
Several senior management positions are open, notably ones critical to disaster response and terrorism prevention.
The 28-year-old appointee may join list of inexperienced, but well-connected, homeland security picks.