System could have helped emergency responders in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, but was not used.
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OPM says funding problem that led Defense Security Service to stop forwarding applications will be cleared up in a few days.
Lack of performance criteria shields contractors from legal ramifications of negligence, GAO says.
Advocates say system represents breakthrough in technology; would let every container be scanned at foreign ports without hurting trade.
Cuts only represent 1 percent of department’s $31 billion fiscal 2007 budget request for technology, but would hit some programs hard.
Move would decrease costs and reduce carrier fleet to 11 ships, a level deemed adequate in the Quadrennial Defense Review.
New policy requires publications of ex-employees turned contractors to be screened for political content as well as classified material.
Employees urge independence from DHS, and try to concentrate on preparing for the upcoming hurricane season.
Panel working to advance bill that would leave the agency in DHS but expand its powers.
The program continues to perform and major funding cuts would cause delays, secretary says.