U.S. Customs and Border Protection mulls setting up "detention barges" at sea.
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The personal information of up to 50,000 National Guard, Reserve and Navy personnel could be at risk.
Members of House committee ask Chertoff how the department would handle decreased appropriations for its personnel reforms.
Agency says it will align and define program goals, benefits, business results and performance measures by July 1.
Council working to ensure announcements in emergency shelters reach people who do not hear or see, among other things.
One computerized system will make salary and benefits details easily accessible.
Adm. Thad Allen says government is making progress establishing clear lines of command and communication for disaster response.
Canceling travel is one of many penny-pinching moves the service plans to take until emergency spending bill is enacted.
Personnel chief also says he expects fast resolution to court case on labor relations aspects of the system.
At the federal level, however, more thought is being given to discouraging development along high-risk stretches of coastline.