House panel backs plan to place secretary of Homeland Security eighth in line to succeed president.
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Critics say administration is moving too slowly on other border security initiatives.
President Bush has suggested a military-enforced quarantine in the event of a pandemic, but the idea gives others pause.
Pilots for CIA-run secret airline who flew clandestine missions in Southeast Asia had sought retirement benefits.
Joint resolution disapproving independent base-closing commission's final recommendations attracts support of only a handful of House members.
Solicitation for Integrated Wireless Network moves forward, but hurricane prompts review of requirements.
An independent commission has raised questions about the Pentagon's effort to transform the military into a more expeditionary force based in the United States.
U.S. Conference of Mayors also recommends "fixing" role of Federal Emergency Management Agency.
George Foresman currently serves as the Virginia governor's assistant for preparedness.
Democrats will have difficulty introducing provision on independent Katrina commission.