Automatic identification system would cost less with support from local public and private ports, auditors say.
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President Bush requested $16.2 billion, but the House Appropriations Committee approved only $15.1 billion.
Industry costs may top $14 million as 1,800 barges and 120 tow boats may be idled.
Managers in high-cost cities are frustrated that they cannot counter salary offers made from more generous state and local police forces.
Bills dealing with health benefits and reserve pay await action in Congress.
A total of 19 employees have now been placed on paid leave in connection with investigation into missing data.
Methods of gathering and analyzing information have fundamentally changed since 9/11, they argue.
The federal government spent about $320 million on FOIA-related activities in 2003.
Satisfaction rate of users of the Navy-Marine Corps intranet rises from 50 percent to 80 percent.
Pentagon officials have lobbied for the lowest figure possible.