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By Donald Lambro
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Michael Friel
The Homeland Security Department spent $600,000 apiece to build houses in Arizona that would have gone for less than $100,000, according to a report in the Arizona Republic that's raising questions in Congress.
The federal government is pushing back against reports that it has drones specifically designed to track firearms and cellphone signals, the latest clash of an increasingly paranoid public and an administration trying to keep its unmanned aerial systems program under wraps.
The U.S. Border Patrol's required proficiency in Spanish historically has made the agency a vital link to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in need of language translation assistance, but that service no longer will be available.
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter pilot has been placed on administrative leave after a stunt during which a helicopter hovered low over a Prince William County high school football field in order to drop a homecoming invitation to a student.
"These homes have been constructed in line with federally mandated requirements, designed for long-term use with minimal maintenance in a harsh climate," Mr. Friel said.
He said the homes were built as Energy Star-rated homes and are 75 percent more efficient than the average homes in the area.