Secretary Michael Chertoff plans to eliminate a layer of bureaucracy.
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Department seeks to indentify performance factors that could be used to determine pay for workers.
Poor records, swamped courts, little representation hamper due process, jurist tells conference.
Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., tried to insert language in a spending bill that would have reopened a Montana airfield, shut down in 1996.
Plan would merge two offices to create new Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation.
Plan had generated opposition on Capitol Hill.
Close call with a chunk of fuel-tank debris draws shock from expert panel.
Money saved for braces, laser eye surgery and even summer camp can be tax-free.
Revised organizational chart shows agency's CFO reporting directly to Secretary Michael Chertoff.