Pointing to a failed chain of command, Pentagon promises policy changes to prevent future mishandling of sexual assault accusations.
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Measure to create national intelligence director and overhaul intelligence apparatus now heads to President Bush.
Transporation Secretary Norman Mineta said such partnerships can save time and can cut construction costs by up to 40 percent.
Measure includes 3.5 percent average pay raise for civil service employees.
Often, the best outcome is incremental improvement, not the kind of jump in management effectiveness that agencies need.
Overcoming opposition of key legislators, measure passes by a wide margin and heads to the Senate.
Fewer agencies received clean audits for fiscal 2004; some say they needed more time.