Partisan squabble blamed for delay in legislation that would leapfrog Senate efforts to reconstruct the beleaguered agency.
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Defense also should update assessments of future housing needs, GAO says.
Program participants might not get the benefit of relaxed screenings, agency administrator says.
In setback to fiscal conservatives, vote added to the price tag of the still-growing emergency spending bill.
Bureau critiqued on range of issues, including lack of progress on upgrading its technology infrastructure.
Measure would require DHS to create test programs at three foreign ports within a year.
Bush has threatened to veto the legislation if the final version exceeds his $94.5 billion request.
Maryland congressman seeks to prevent the Navy from pricing itself out of an adequately-sized fleet.
System could have helped emergency responders in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, but was not used.
OPM says funding problem that led Defense Security Service to stop forwarding applications will be cleared up in a few days.