Measure introduced Thursday also would give the agency a new name and direct access to White House during catastrophes.
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Lawmakers might need to step in to decrease the number of categories used to restrict information, top policy official says.
Defense Department announces increase in pay for military personnel with critical foreign language abilities.
Drop of $500 million in anticipated savings is among items to be reviewed.
Federal employee advocates reiterate calls for military-civilian pay parity.
Spending bill withholds $1.3 billion until DHS provides strategic plans, financial information for several programs and operations.
Questions focus on debt accumulated under Bush.