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Defense spending bill renews job competition restrictions

Annual appropriations measure again includes prohibition against private firms gaining cost advantage by offering reduced health benefits.

Senate Republicans seek to avert 2007 Defense cuts

Six senators write President Bush, arguing that a $7.5 billion cut in spending slated for next year would jeopardize weapons systems advances.

Audit of controversial TSA contract due out next month

Homeland Security IG’s review of contract to hire screeners has been nearly complete for months.

Homeland Security officials back Patriot Act reauthorization

Department chief says the 2001 law supports operations by ICE, CBP and the Secret Service.

University of California keeps contract to manage Los Alamos

New contract worth $512 million over seven years seeks to draw on experience of big corporate players.

DHS urged to re-expand research at animal disease facility

Plum Island Animal Disease Center currently focuses on foot-and-mouth disease.

DHS chief: Major changes to FEMA coming soon

Reforms will cut bureaucratic red tape, bolster logistics systems, Michael Chertoff says.

Chertoff touts risk management approach

Says new airline screening rules show DHS is not trying to "protect every single person against every risk at every moment at every place."

Research funds headed for small, but noticeable, cuts

Cuts will leave most agencies’ research coffers flat, but are not as deep as some in science community had feared.

Defense measure includes language on military benefits

House version of authorization bill would expand healthcare system for National Guard and reserve troops, raise enlistment bonuses