Amtrak inspector general highlights vast differences between airport and ground transit security.
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Many of the programs listed in a report to Congress reflect long-running department efforts or implement basic concepts.
Union officials urge House panel to renew restrictions on competition from private firms for federal work, and make pitch for higher pay raise.
Legislation would pressure agencies to meet deadline to respond to information requests within 20 days.
If language in a rail security bill is enacted, whistleblowers could gain an unfair advantage in cases alleging retaliation, panel members say.
Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman says probe has uncovered evidence of improper political and contracting activity.
Current ad hoc funding prevents planning and undermines disaster preparedness, panel finds.
Congressional action may be needed to help unions and agency officials stop battling over the changes, panel members say.
Justice Department contests findings, arguing it may take a while before improvements spurred by 2005 executive order are realized.
Kip Hawley estimates price tag for implementing bargaining rights would be $160 million.