Witnesses debate whether such agreements are too labor-intensive.
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Fines of up to $250,000 could be imposed on senior examiners for breach of rules.
Union officials had requested meeting after judge overturned labor relations portion of proposed new DHS personnel system last week.
Lawmakers from "higher-risk" urban areas want more first responder dollars.
Passengers seek to keep TSA from destroying personal information it collected in order to test screening system.
Cutting corners to deal with deadline pressure compromised astronaut safety, says a minority of members of assessment group.
Blind devotion to the mission can let the ends run away with the means.
Agency says governmentwide personnel reform effort will go forward because it won't affect collective bargaining.