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Senator seeks flexibility for first responders

The "one-size-fits-all" approach to awarding homeland security grants to state and local governments is not working and needs to be changed, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.

Homeland security funds may shrink in 2004, key aide says

The top Senate aide for appropriations on Monday said federal funding for homeland security activities may be lower in fiscal 2004 than they are in the current year since Congress passed an emergency supplemental that boosted homeland security funding.

Health plans search for bioterror symptoms

A pilot program that joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and some private health plans could help officials to detect a bioterrorism attack before emergency rooms are overwhelmed.

House Democrat seeks limits on agencies’ personnel freedom

A Democratic lawmaker is pushing for limits on federal agencies that want to change their personnel systems.

Lawmaker seeks delay on Defense personnel reform vote

The ranking member of the House Government Reform Committee is urging committee leaders to delay voting on the Defense Department’s recently unveiled proposal for a new civilian personnel system.