Secretary Michael Chertoff plans to eliminate a layer of bureaucracy.
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Poor records, swamped courts, little representation hamper due process, jurist tells conference.
Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., tried to insert language in a spending bill that would have reopened a Montana airfield, shut down in 1996.
Plan would merge two offices to create new Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation.
Deputy national intelligence director says agencies must morph into a nonhierarchical network in order to counter decentralized terrorist organizations.
Nominees include two high-level Air Force positions.
Legislators hung up on funding disparities in the House and Senate bills.
Customs and Border Protection bureau says it is making changes to improve enforcement.
Amendment to put off BRAC might not come up for debate until after independent commission has completed its work.
House appropriators cut $466 million from President Bush's request of $966 million for the Deepwater program.