Off-beat director pushes young people to join the civil service.
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Measures have backing of Bush administration.
Money would cover budget shortfall projected by department officials.
GAO says poor execution of National Security Personnel System could doom governmentwide personnel reform efforts.
DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff takes revamp plan to the Hill, but some lawmakers come out swinging with criticisms.
Cost estimates for move as high as $25 billion.
Amendment would cut $100 million from the first-responder grant program to pay for the increase in transit grants.
Agency won’t be ready for second launch attempt for as long as two weeks.
Attorneys for labor unions, agency argue over motion to put off implementation of system pending legal challenge.