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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.

Senate committee lifts ethics rule for Defense nominees

The rule, unique to the defense panel, required senior Pentagon officials holding pensions from defense contractors to buy an insurance policy to lock away the value of their benefits.

House panel rejects bid to thwart base closure decisions

Despite panel's disapproval, House expected to consider joint resolution, perhaps as early as next week.

Organizational changes on tap for TSA

Shakeup would include eliminating old positions, creating new ones and possibly changing airport checkpoint procedures.

Leaders rap poor communication in disaster response

Incompatible communications and of a lack of information being shared with affected communities hindered rescue efforts.