President Bush has urged Congress not to federalize baggage screeners at the nation’s airports.
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Bush administration officials reaffirmed Monday that they want a new airport security system in which some, but not all, workers are put on the federal payroll.
Federal managers could offer $25,000 buyouts, make on-the-spot hiring decisions and design personnel systems that could be permanently exempt from Title V of the Civil Service Code under legislation unveiled by the White House Monday.
The FBI is hiring contractors to fill its critical shortage of Arabic, Farsi and Pashto translators.
Civil service rules would not stop a federally run airport security system from making quick hires or firing poor performers under legislation introduced by Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., on Thursday.