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DHS personnel system funding takes another hit

Language passed by House would shift $15 million away from the office implementing the pay-for-performance system.

Senate confirms Hayden as CIA director

Ex-NSA chief approved by wide margin.

Troubled satellite program has more delays, higher costs

Air Force program is more than three years behind schedule and will cost $500 million more than originally estimated, GAO says.

Panel votes to shift medical disaster system from DHS

Bill would move system back to HHS and make it the primary agency for addressing national health emergencies and disasters.

Pentagon seeks earlier emergency declarations

At least a week is needed to prepare for major hurricanes, Defense officials say.

Senate banking panel approves flood insurance bill

Bill would create a mandatory reserve fund to provide funding to help pay future claims without seeking additional money from the federal government.

Even backers find fault with immigration bill

Senate Democrats urged to support bill containing a guest-worker program despite reservations; House version focuses solely on border security.

FEMA pushes back timeline for meeting hiring target

Contingency contracts are not all in place either, agency official tells lawmakers.

VA to shift up to $25 million to handle data theft inquiries

Money would come from four IT programs, one of which could take a 50 percent cut if all funds are needed.

Lawmaker renews calls to build fence guarding border

Fence proposed by Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., would stretch 392 miles through the desert, from California to Arizona.