Homeland Security officials say they would target response rather than shut down ports across the country.
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A new series of independent assessments uncover serious personnel, financial management and security problems.
But legislation would elevate the CIO position to report directly to Secretary Tom Ridge.
Modernization of fleet necessary, but lawmakers will face tough budget, technology choices.
Gaps in spending cited as deadline looms for ports and shippers to come into compliance with new security standards.
Spending bill committee report signals that lawmakers understand importance of technology.
Many say they’d just as soon get the process over with next year, and not delay it until 2007, as some lawmakers have suggested.
FBI whistleblower case ignites controversy over classification decisions.
Legislation is aimed at prodding Homeland Security Department to take action.