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Lack of senior officials at Homeland Security stymies Congress

Created only months ago, the House and Senate Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittees nevertheless have hit the ground running with a flurry of hearings, with members saying that the only significant impediments they face are those posed by the Bush administration. The Homeland Security Department has yet to fill many senior level positions, so the subcommittees still lack some of the information they need to write their bills. In particular, appropriators say they have not received budget justifications, or have received incomplete justifications, from several agencies within the department, including the sprawling Transportation Security Administration. Budget justifications explain the thinking behind the administration’s funding requests and how it plans to spend the requested funds. Full Story

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