DHS still allowed to assign risk levels to passengers and prevent them from boarding planes while system is being tested.
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Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, wants to see the results of efforts at Homeland Security and Defense before taking reform governmentwide.
Holdup over contentious FBI memo and debate on class-action overhaul measure pushes back Senate vote until next week.
First installment will come as part of Bush administration's fiscal 2005 supplemental spending request to be delivered to lawmakers next week.
Several officials tell Senate subcommittee that extensive training is needed if overhaul of system is to succeed.
DHS plans to issue national preparedness guidelines at the end of March, which will govern new grant funding.
Unions plan to file lawsuit alleging Defense officials violated mandate requiring collaboration with employee groups in developing personnel system.
Plan to eliminate subcommmittees keeps military personnel accounts within the Defense appropriations bill.
After meeting with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, said that return of troops from garrisons overseas would lessen adverse impact at home.