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Homeland Security, GAO trade barbs on Katrina investigation

Congressional auditors cite leadership vacuum in response effort; DHS official calls their report “premature and unprofessional.”

Analysts say Defense spending will climb despite pressures

Military could continue to use supplemental spending dollars to pay for some routine bills that would ordinarily be included in the regular budget.

GAO: Defense lacks coordination needed for global information grid

Pentagon slated to spend about $34 billion over five years to develop grid.

Senate panel leaders slam FEMA's Katrina response

Bureaucracy prevented federal agencies from filling local requests for rafts, buses and high-water boats, key senator says.

President's Homeland Security picks get guarded reception

Secret Service, Customs and Border Protection nominees win praise from labor organizations--and some expressions of concern about building sound relationships with employees.

Senators seek assurances about pandemic flu protection

Second round of $7.1 billion funding request is likely to come after lawmakers are convinced that existing money is being put to good use.

Chairman of Homeland Security panel advocates risk-based funding strategy

Senate bill making it easier for rural areas to capture grants is unacceptable, leader of House committee says.

DHS asks industry to help secure borders

Homeland Security officials announce an acquisition strategy for first phase of the Secure Border Initiative.

Army seeks to counter mounting opposition to reserve cuts

Army argues it must make changes to pay for technology modernization programs, equipment.

Outlook uncertain for bill creating Katrina recovery organization

President cites fiscal, operational concerns in opposing measure.