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Minerals Management Service official argues department lacks the clout to recoup omitted royalty payments worth billions.
Bill also contains provision to fund agencies with unfinished appropriations at 2006 levels through mid-November.
Timing change sought by Customs, Border agency could prove costly, representatives of the airline industry say.
Negotiators cut Defense bill language canceling Walter Reed outsourcing; garrison requests bridge staff for transition.
Bill would require stricter enforcement of 20-day deadline for responding to requests for information.
House passed the measure by a comfortable margin, but time is running out for the Senate to act.
Defense and Homeland Security are the only departments likely to see spending bills passed before the new fiscal year starts Sunday.
Department’s acting CIO says personally owned computers used for work remain a security risk.