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Officials bolster security, but not threat warning

"Consistent stream of intelligence" shows terrorists want to disrupt November elections, Homeland Security says.

Lawmakers question Washington-area air security measures

Homeland Security Department evaluates plan to lift restrictions at Reagan National Airport.

Panel votes to boost military construction spending

House subcommittee backs $10 billion bill, $450 million more then President Bush requested.

Senate panel approves Transportation Security nominee

David Stone's nomination to head TSA passes on voice vote.

Pentagon officials, House lawmakers at odds over managing troops

Deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan have strained forces, but Bush administration opposes reinstating the draft.

TSA tests 'trusted traveler' program amid concerns

Volunteers can have fingerprints and iris patterns recorded in agency databases to speed processing through security checkpoints.

Draft Homeland Security bill directs management changes

First-ever authorization bill for the department seeks to bolster information sharing between federal, state and local agencies.

Bush wins some, loses some in security funding game

Homeland Security bill includes less funding than requested to hire intelligence officers, but endorses proposals for protecting critical infrastructure.

ICE releasing illegal aliens on nationwide basis

Budgeted to handle 19,444 detainees, agency houses thousands more and lacks funds to hold them, documents show.

Army tracks repair contracts as maintenance workload increases

But service officials say they have no plans to seek a waiver of a law requiring that half of all repair work be done by federal employees.