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Bush signs homeland bill; fills top jobs in department

President Bush Monday signed legislation establishing a Homeland Security Department and announced he will nominate White House homeland security adviser Tom Ridge to be its first secretary.

House approves homeland bill; Bush to sign Monday

The House Friday afternoon passed the final version of legislation to create a Homeland Security Department, sending the bill to the White House for the president's signature.

Homeland officials must work with employees on civil service rules

The Homeland Security Department’s leaders must consult with employee organizations before making any changes to civil service rules for the department’s 170,000 employees, under the law creating the new Cabinet-level agency.