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Bush to name first DHS preparedness chief

George Foresman currently serves as the Virginia governor's assistant for preparedness.

Defense authorization bill back on track

Democrats will have difficulty introducing provision on independent Katrina commission.

Homeland Security chief plans to retool FEMA

Agency needs larger staff, better communications capabilities, secretary says.

Federal government’s role in bird-flu response limited

Role would be largely policy-oriented and advisory, observers say.

White House says Katrina inquiry helps with latest storm

Preliminary findings being implemented in preparation for Wilma.

Homeland Security mulls cyber czar nomination

Department has yet to nominate candidate for the job.

House taps Navy fund for urinal study

Move illustrates growing tendency to tack earmarks onto operations budgets.

Senators blast TSA over rail security efforts

Agency has no clear priorities for protecting rails and has not completed a risk assessment, senators and a GAO representative say at Commerce Committee hearing.

Panel criticizes FEMA's handling of flood insurance program

Agency accused of failing to implement program overhaul enacted nearly 16 months ago.

Military's looming cash shortage spurs talks on spending bill

Funding for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan might be depleted by mid-November.