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Witnesses back efforts to make FEMA an independent agency

Emergency management veterans say placing the agency in the Homeland Security Department starved it of resources and decision-making power.

Air Force vows to improve acquisition system

Plan would expand workforce and revise processes to keep programs on time and within budget.

States adjust to handle stimulus pressures

With limited resources, procurement officials try to spend funds quickly and efficiently.

Senate panel to probe Alaska native contracting preferences

Oversight subcommittee is collecting data about the business practices of Alaskan firms for a July hearing.

Supplemental to allow new troop deployment to border

DHS chief says the funding could be used to send extra troops to curb border violence.

Pentagon purchasing bill sails through the House

Plan aims to control cost increases and delays within weapon programs.

Gates says next-generation bomber might fly without pilot

Top Pentagon officials are emphasizing that the future of aviation rests largely in unmanned aerial vehicle-technology that has been used increasingly in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Navy, Marine request sparks skepticism in House

Lawmakers question the plan to relocate 8,000 Marines from bases in Japan and challenge the fund request for research on shipbuilding programs whose future is in doubt.

Debate erupts over whistleblower rights for intelligence workers

Legal experts disagree on whether a pending bill can protect employee rights and national security simultaneously.

DHS chief pressed on immigration and border security

Napolitano says she supports requiring federal contractors to use E-Verify to check the immigration status of workers.