Funding shortfalls are preventing immigration officials in at least one region from detaining aliens.
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Chief acquisition officer named as agency aims to tighten procedures after probe.
An amendment urging the adoption of a bill calling for better coordination among the nation's 15 intelligence agencies, was struck down, Democrats said.
Consultants recommend that agencies avoid getting bogged down in details when installing new financial systems.
The Senate bill is expected to be close to the House version's $418 billion, including $25 billion in funds for Iraq and Afghanistan that could be made available upon enactment.
Study gives mixed picture of the Homeland Security Department's implementation of the national cybersecurity strategy.
Interim report stops short of placing blame, but federal officials point fingers at each other.
Agency uses new staffing, training and software to respond to problems, report says.
They argue that the current Select Committee on Homeland Security should be allowed to go out of business.