Cabinet chiefs say position is "essential" and will provide "better unity of effort."
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Both sides upbeat after a day of discussions about the pending National Security Personnel System.
Workforce strained due to global deployments; 200 emergency personnel would go to war zones.
Battles continue to rage over how to set a formula for distributing funds.
Former congressman pushes for laws making it easier for the government to hire and retain quality personnel to help fight the war on terrorism.
New legal support network established to protect federal employees who come forward with information.
Timing of implementing reforms debated, along with the merits of the proposed national intelligence czar and other changes.