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Research Chiefs Hunt for Details in Proposal for New Department

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Science  14 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5575, pp. 1944-1945
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5575.1944

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President George W. Bush's proposed Cabinet-level department to combat terrorist threats would, on paper, include billions of dollars' worth of federally funded research and hundreds of government researchers. But the hurriedly assembled plan, released 6 June, is sorely lacking in details, leaving government research leaders scrambling to find out if, or how, their labs might be affected. The proposal must now work its way through Congress, where some lawmakers have already put their own ideas on the table.