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DHS chief describes confusion in Katrina response

Federal effort was plagued by communications gaps, Michael Chertoff tells lawmakers.

House panel to probe federal medical response capacity

Committee interested in what responses to Katrina and Rita say about ability to handle terrorist attack.

9/11 commissioners at odds with former backers

Members of panel disagree with key senators on proposal to change formula for first-responder grants.

Chertoff calls for the end of 'catch and release'

Homeland Security secretary says 1,500 Border Patrol agents are being hired to beef up enforcement.

DHS failed to use catastrophe response plan in Katrina’s wake

Department defends decision, saying plan was meant for unforeseen disasters.

Rumsfeld seeks to scale back 'burdensome' reports

Defense secretary tells Pentagon officials to push for changes in "obsolete" laws and work on legislation to give department greater management flexibility.

Pentagon to house business programs in central agency

Various departmentwide initiatives would be included in agency’s portfolio.

Katrina oversight proposals compete for Congress' attention

Move to establish central board to oversee recovery efforts appears to be on back burner.

Senators may review military's domestic role

Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner, R-Va., will decide later this fall how to proceed with a congressional review of 1878 Posse Comitatus Act.

Senators spar over changes to future combat system

McCain, appropriators in tangle over spending bill language.