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Former White House staffer named to head DHS policy committee

The 28-year-old appointee may join list of inexperienced, but well-connected, homeland security picks.

Homeland Security chief proposes screening of customer data

Suggestion could be viewed as “anti-privacy,” Michael Chertoff acknowledges.

Senator may address spying concerns in supplemental funding bill

Lawmaker says he may resort to the power of the purse if he can’t get satisfactory answers on warrantless domestic eavesdropping program.

Port security, cargo screening bills gain support

Measures would, among other things, authorize more funding for initiative to inspect high-risk containers.

Ex-FEMA director: Restore agency's independence

In an interview, Michael Brown says disaster response agency gets “short shrift” next to the Homeland Security Department’s anti-terrorism activities.

Army seeks to restore $3 billion for tank upgrades

Wish list for funding beyond what is in the 2006 supplemental bill and 2007 budget request also includes $400 million to buy 1,145 Humvees.

Agencies may have trouble meeting ID card deadline, GAO says

Challenges include testing and acquisition of commercial cards and card readers within required timeframe.

GOP lawmaker vows to 'kill' Dubai deal

Two House Republicans present list of dangerous materials shipped or attempted to be shipped through Dubai.

State officials seek funds for emergency communications

Emergency response officials say DHS is not providing enough support to its SAFECOM program.

Navy fends off Hill pressure to accelerate sub purchases

Current plans call for the Navy to step up purchases to two submarines per year in 2012.