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Intelligence panel Democrats blast markup session

An amendment urging the adoption of a bill calling for better coordination among the nation's 15 intelligence agencies, was struck down, Democrats said.

Senate likely to tackle Defense appropriations bill before recess

The Senate bill is expected to be close to the House version's $418 billion, including $25 billion in funds for Iraq and Afghanistan that could be made available upon enactment.

9/11 communication failures still baffle FAA, Defense officials

Interim report stops short of placing blame, but federal officials point fingers at each other.

DHS improves foreign student tracking program, according to GAO

Agency uses new staffing, training and software to respond to problems, report says.

Lawmakers rip idea of standing homeland security committee

They argue that the current Select Committee on Homeland Security should be allowed to go out of business.

Move to cancel border security contract hotly debated in House

Opponents argue that nixing Accenture's contract would delay securing the nation's borders for two years and cost the jobs of 330,000 U.S. workers.

GOP blocks war-profiteering amendment

Measure would have created new penalties -- including up to 20 years in jail -- for contractors convicted of overcharging.

House chair calls for single anti-money laundering agency

Rep. Sue Kelly, R-N.Y., laments "vast expanse of bureaucracies" that are currently responsible for seeking to cut off terrorist financing.

Defense spending bill could delay Senate recess

Senate leaders are attempting to reach a deal to wrap up debate on the fiscal 2005 defense reauthorization bill.

Panel slams bureaucracy over 9/11 failures

Recommendations for overhauling federal agencies expected at end of July.