$417.5 billion measure cuts $1.6 billion from President Bush's budget request.
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The fiscal 2005 spending bill increases active-duty Coast Guard personnel from 37,000 to 45,500.
Commission recommends new management plan based on private sector models.
Two computer disks with classified information are reported missing from the lab and there are claims of e-mail violations.
Staff studies cover terrorist financing, border and immigration issues and transportation security.
Republicans and Democrats on Homeland Security Committee lob charges and counter-charges of partisanship.
All three services hit with funding cuts, restructuring plans and reporting requirements on big weapons programs.
Panel members and victims’ families plan to lobby hard for changes.
Negotiations stalled over amendments offered by Democrats.
Deputy Administrator Stephen McHale takes on critics of agency's effort to hire and train a screener workforce.