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Trade bill includes billions for border security technology

The bill to renew presidential trade-negotiating authority passed by the Senate Thursday includes billions of dollars earmarked for new border security technologies.

Group suggests compromise on homeland security personnel rules

A nonprofit group on Wednesday proposed a set of civil service reforms that could serve as a compromise in the battle between unions representing federal employees and the Bush administration over personnel rules for the new Department of Homeland Security.

Senator to press for civil service protections despite veto threat

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., Wednesday strongly reaffirmed his commitment to civil service protections in the new Homeland Security Department and expressed doubt that President Bush would veto the legislation.