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DHS told to revamp personnel rules

Judge says Congress intended for more collective bargaining in creating the agency.

Dwindling number of aircraft may seal fate of Air Guard

Under base closing proposal, 23 Air National Guard units would be stripped of their planes.

Legislation proposed to upgrade federal officers' status

Officers in more than 24 agencies would receive the full benefits of law enforcement officers.

Air Guard plan would limit Pentagon's proposed closures

Plan would allow every state to keep a flying mission.

D.C. train ban remains on hold while other cities efforts advance

Rail operator CSX and Transportation Department trying to have ban lifted.

DHS plans Web site to help identify transportation vulnerabilities

Free Web-based tool would allow transportation owners and operators to voluntarily assess system security and get feedback on improvements.

Pentagon defends environmental estimates for closing bases

Critics say cost of cleaning up shuttered military installations will cut deeply into estimated savings of closing bases.

Postal Service beefs up instruction on handling suspicious mail

Training will give employees exposure to more scenarios.

Maine lawmakers make last-ditch pitch to save Naval Air Base

Group argued that Brunswick Naval Air Station is vital to homeland defense.

Report cites increased risk of terrorist attack using chemicals

Congressional study outlines options for lawmakers, such as requiring chemical plant operators to have better protections.