Officials view increase as sign that new confidentiality policies are working.
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Warrantless eavesdropping involves analyzing far-reaching web of communications data.
Advance preparation and more contract oversight are needed to prevent waste, GAO reviewers conclude.
Key House member acknowledges rising costs, but says he is concerned that increase would be a burden on retirees.
Lawmakers are intrigued by government’s success in convincing federal employees to sign up for long-term care insurance.
Members hold off on considering merger of ICE and CBP, stronger protections for homeland security whistleblowers.
Effort would be funded through an OPM account and eventual savings from technology; premiums would not rise.
Practical matters, including who pays if an agency switches service providers, still need to be worked out, officials say.