Measure would reduce the Homeland Security Department’s role in the event of a bioterror attack.
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A first step will be to institute "pay/go" requirements that new entitlement programs or tax cuts be offset, incoming budget panel leader says.
Thad Allen cites plans for possible joint-duty requirements across Homeland Security agencies.
Joint House-Senate group will set spending levels; agencies will likely have an opportunity to appeal for more money.
GSA will not hold Pentagon funds over from one fiscal year to another, in keeping with Defense legal interpretations.
Procedures for dealing with high-risk cargo shipments need tweaking, investigators say.
Internal documents urge officials to move slowly in disposal of library materials; furniture sale in Chicago netted just $350.
Watchdogs predict changes will place a higher priority on questions of access, classification and freedom of information.
Analysis also recommends oversight of biometric passports and stronger diplomacy.
Bill shifts burden of paying retirement benefits earned by postal workers during years they were in military service from Postal Service to Treasury Department.