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Sept. 11 commission faces fight over deadline extension

January 21, 2004 The federal commission investigating the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 will have bipartisan congressional support if it requests an extension of time to complete its work, lawmakers and a member of the commission said this week. Former Rep. Tim Roemer, D-Ind., who serves on the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks...

Bush on the bureaucracy: Mixed signals

January 21, 2004 President Bush praised federal employees and unveiled plans for several major domestic initiatives during his State of the Union address Tuesday, but also said he wants to cut the federal budget deficit in half by restricting discretionary spending and limiting the size and scope of government. Lawmakers on both sides...

Park Police chief seeks independent investigation

January 20, 2004 Lawyers representing National Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers said they have lost faith in the ability of the Interior Department to settle her insubordination and harassment case internally and plan to request an independent investigation this week. Chambers' legal team contends that Interior officials misrepresented the case during congressional briefings...

Homeland Security, Democrats spar over protection efforts

January 16, 2004 The Homeland Security Department on Friday disputed a report issued by House Democrats that included sweeping criticisms of efforts to protect the country. Democratic members of the House Homeland Security Committee released initial findings of an upcoming report alleging gaps in the areas of intelligence, nuclear material stockpiles, aviation security,...

Pentagon auditors request Halliburton probe

January 15, 2004 Halliburton Co. faced new troubles Thursday over its Iraqi operations as Pentagon auditors requested a formal investigation into the company, and a prominent House Democrat accused Halliburton and Bush administration officials of wrongdoing. The Defense Contract Audit Agency asked the Pentagon's inspector general to consider launching a formal investigation into...

Park police chief alleges systematic harassment

January 14, 2004 National Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers was harassed for at least a year as she tried to reform her agency, and was eventually put on administrative leave after she filed a formal complaint against her immediate supervisor, her attorneys said Wednesday. Lawyers for the embattled chief said she and her...

Congressman blasts Bush on terrorist screening efforts

January 13, 2004 A key House lawmaker said Tuesday that homeland security efforts are being undermined because the Bush administration has failed to create a unified terrorist watch list and make the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center fully operational. Rep. Jim Turner, D-Texas, ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Democrats on...

Park police chief says charges unfounded, seeks reinstatement

January 12, 2004 Embattled National Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers on Monday called various charges lodged against her by agency leaders--including improper lobbying and insubordination--factually inaccurate and "incredibly petty." Chambers issued a point-by-point rebuttal to charges filed against her by Don Murphy, the Park Service's deputy director who placed her on administrative leave...

Homeland Security looks to industry to secure nation’s infrastructure

January 12, 2004 Homeland Security Department officials said Monday that the government does not plan to place many security requirements on private industry when it comes to protecting the nation's critical infrastructure. James Loy, the department's deputy secretary, said the federal government will back away from issuing new security mandates to industry, and...

Homeland Security may alter threat advisory system

January 9, 2004 Homeland Security Department Secretary Tom Ridge announced Friday that the country was no longer under a heightened state of alert and said future threat warnings might be targeted toward certain regions or industries as opposed to the entire country. The national threat level has dropped to "code yellow," which means...

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