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Senate committee lifts ethics rule for Defense nominees

The rule, unique to the defense panel, required senior Pentagon officials holding pensions from defense contractors to buy an insurance policy to lock away the value of their benefits.

House panel rejects bid to thwart base closure decisions

Despite panel's disapproval, House expected to consider joint resolution, perhaps as early as next week.

Organizational changes on tap for TSA

Shakeup would include eliminating old positions, creating new ones and possibly changing airport checkpoint procedures.

Leaders rap poor communication in disaster response

Incompatible communications and of a lack of information being shared with affected communities hindered rescue efforts.

Democrats push for outside Katrina panel to investigate agency response

Believing that oversight of the agency response will be lacking, House Democrats are pushing for a 9/11 commission-style inquiry.

Pentagon begins review of law on military's domestic role

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says department is examining 1878 Posse Comitatus Act to determine whether revisions are needed.

Report: Air traffic system vulnerable to cyberattacks

GAO says FAA has not met standards for training employees to detect security breaches.

Former FEMA director says agency was gutted

Michael Brown initially blames state and local officials for Hurricane Katrina problems, but concedes under questioning that the federal government also failed.

Chertoff warned of problems with separate border security agencies

Inspector general backed merger of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection bureaus, but Homeland Security secretary rejected recommendation.

Officials fear contracting abuses in wake of Hurricane Katrina

Some say flood of funding, lax oversight and quick contracting creates 'perfect storm' for waste.