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Unions blast Defense personnel overhaul, back Homeland effort

House-approved legislation to overhaul the civil service system at the Defense Department is drawing fire from federal employee representatives, even as they praise the process of implementing similar legislation at the Homeland Security Department.

Some Homeland Security activities remain unfunded

Despite President Bush's approval of the fiscal 2004 Homeland Security Department spending bill, more than 25 percent of federal homeland security activities remain unfunded, a top Senate budget expert said Monday.

House votes for Defense personnel overhaul

The House voted Friday morning to approve the fiscal 2004 Defense Department authorization bill, including provisions that would allow Pentagon officials to overhaul the department's civilian personnel system.