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New panel will make recommendations for more efficient employee transfers.
Officials say they may renegotiate payments to computer services company because multibillion-dollar project is unexpectedly complex.
Federal officials defend efforts taken since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Says implementation is moving too slowly, but reiterates commitment to making the program work.