The Transportation Security Administration is seeking industry and public input on its proposal to begin an airline passenger verification program.
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Strategy addresses department chiefs’ authorities, addresses coordination among federal, state and local governments.
Administrator defends performance, citing procedural barriers, damaged Gulf Coast infrastructure.
Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., had expressed concern that language agreed to by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and the White House might hinder intelligence-gathering capabilities.
Measure also would direct the spending of $17 billion already appropriated for hurricane relief to rebuilding communities and providing temporary housing for evacuees.