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Ridge to testify, within limits, on Cabinet creation plan

President Bush Friday affirmed his intention to dispatch Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge to Capitol Hill as an advocate for Bush's plan to establish a new Cabinet-level Homeland Security Department.

White House discusses new agency with federal union leaders

White House officials met with the leaders of the two largest federal unions on Friday to talk about how the proposed creation of the Department of Homeland Security would affect federal workers.

Few details, many challenges for new security agency

The Homeland Security Department proposed by the Bush administration is nothing if not bold. The new Cabinet-level agency focused on protecting Americans from terrorist attacks would dwarf most federal agencies in size and assume many non-security functions as well.

The loneliest number

How many federal workers got student loan help from Uncle Sam last year?