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Lawmakers unveil $4 billion plan to increase military

Members of the House Armed Services Committee estimate that increasing the size of the military will cost $4 billion per year, but would relieve overextended Guard and Reserve soldiers.

Senate panel backs 3.5 percent military pay raise

Subcommittee also votes to implement a health care program for Guard and Reserve troops.

OPM puts security clearance merger plans on ice

Agency postpones absorbing Defense unit, a move that may have speeded up the security clearance process at the Pentagon.

The Specter Factor

Last week's primary victory by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Penn., was just the break Senate Republicans needed.

Draft postal overhaul bill draws criticism from mailers

The bill would not grant the agency the broad rate-setting freedom recommended by the President's Commission on the Postal Service.

Senator insists budget absorb increases in troop strength

The Bush administration should have asked for funds for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan in its $401.7 billion fiscal 2004 budget request, lawmaker contends.

Study finds e-government progress has leveled off

Consulting firm says cabinet-level officials must provide strong and uniform leadership to ensure improvement in federal e-government amenities.

TSA searches for solutions to shore up rail security

In a test program, passengers and baggage at a suburban Maryland rail transit station will be screened for explosives for 30 days.

White House officials call for renewal of anti-terrorism law

Bush administration officials on Tuesday criticized the "misinformation" that has proliferated regarding the 2001 USA PATRIOT Act.

War on terror eclipses homeland security effort

Two and a half years after 9/11, the Bush administration remains primarily focused on waging a war on terrorism abroad. The effort to establish, organize, fund and manage the Homeland Security Department has taken a back seat.