Federal officials defend efforts taken since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
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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.