But one expert on the subject says direct hiring authority should be used only in limited situations.
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More stringent requirements could be in place by the end of next year.
There are no technological barriers to transferring authority for analyzing intelligence on terrorist threats from CIA to Homeland Security.
Forty studies dating back almost to the birth of the CIA have lamented that no one's really in charge of the nation's intelligence apparatus.
Those scheduled to stay home Friday as part of an alternative work schedule will be credited with eight hours of leave because of the national day of mourning.
Lawmakers want information on returning troops in preparation for the next round of base closures.
Efforts include continued efforts to develop new vaccines against smallpox and anthrax.
Lawmakers decry Homeland Security Department’s decision to award contract to Accenture because company is based in Bermuda.
Bill includes full funding for a 3.5 percent pay increase for military service members.
Move that would accelerate passage of measure allowing government to expedite approval procedures for bioterror countermeasures.