After years of criticism for not properly diagnosing and treating troops affected by battlefield explosions, Defense calls for a database that would alert physicians to check for hard-to-detect concussions and brain damage.
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Armed Services Committee chairman is confident McChrystal's replacement will be confirmed before July 4 recess.
Responding to Republicans slamming the administration on border security, DHS chief says U.S.-Mexico border will never be totally sealed.
Legislation introduced in 2009 advances, after more than one year on the shelf.
Interior chief says he will request a fivefold increase, noting currently 62 inspectors are responsible for nearly 4,000 drilling activities in the Gulf of Mexico.
There was only one general officer poised to take over quickly and help troops in Afghanistan maintain their focus, according to the Defense secretary.
Legislation would require agencies to identify and recover nearly $100 billion in mistaken payments.
Error rates and amounts publicized on site ; Internet users encouraged to report fraud, waste or abuse.
Officials are looking for redundancies in organizations and programs, according to chief of operations.
Budget chairman says he hopes the House will take up the package before the July 4 recess.