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Homeland conferees grant first responders funding boost

Increase is smaller than expected in the wake of Katrina.

Panel debates EPA role in saying when storm areas are safe

Witnesses disagree over whether it's the federal government's job to determine when ravaged regions should be reopened to residents.

Army Corps defends contract for portable classrooms

Senior Democrat says taxpayers are being overcharged, calls for investigation.

White House threatens veto of Senate defense spending bill

President Bush may not sign legislation if it falls short of Pentagon's request.

Compromise cuts spending for airline screening system

Bill would provide $56.7 million for Secure Flight in fiscal 2006.

Senators skeptical on future of Defense Travel System

Panelists recommend scrapping Pentagon’s $474 million online reservation system.

Homeland conferees back more aid for high-risk states

Current restrictions have resulted in states like Wyoming receiving more grant funding per capita than New York during the last three years.

Panel approves bill strengthening whistleblower protections

Protections should extend to national security whistleblowers, interest groups say.

FEMA’s decline: an agency's slow slide from grace

Once the poster child for transformation and efficiency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s gradual deterioration left it weak and ill-prepared for Katrina.

Customs and Border Protection chief announces retirement

Commissioner Robert Bonner will remain at the agency's helm until November.

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