Provision prohibits the use of private sector debt collectors.
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Recent events spur interest in reviewing how DHS and TSA apply the “sensitive security information” designation.
Measure would create a national intelligence director with considerable budget and personnel authority.
Agencies are already jockeying for exemptions from a continuing resolution that would temporarily freeze budgets at fiscal 2004 levels on Oct. 1.
Industry observers are watching closely as agency develops follow-on to FTS 2001.
Bill mandates that the Transportation Security Administration incorporate advanced technologies such as iris scanners, explosive-detection systems, wireless devices and blast-resistant cargo and baggage containers.
The presidential election remains closer than most people realize.
Supporters say the bill would enable the agency to fund its strategic plan for cutting the backlog of patent applications.
Agency broke no laws in paying a public relations firm to promote its plan to triple logging in Sierra Nevada forests, GAO says.
Officials agree reform is needed, but differ over where power should reside.