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Defense begins issuing new identification cards

Upgrades to make cards compliant with presidential mandate are expected to boost efficiency, protect privacy and guard against identity theft.

Report: Improve measures to assess building security centers

The Federal Protective Service should find better ways to evaluate dispatch centers, such as tracking the time to respond to alarms, GAO says.

Chain Reaction

Systems thinking gets planners to consider the downstream effects of decisions.

GSA changes strategy for identification card contracts

In an attempt to achieve more competitive pricing, GSA opens up its contract for end-to-end card services to its schedules program.

Outsourcing of tax debt collection may not pay off in short term

IRS projections show costs may outpace collections; GAO urges accounting changes to reflect contractor fees.

Clearance applications not processed within target times

Average time for initial clearances granted in early 2006 was 446 days, GAO finds.

Drop in immigration arrests might nix need for more jail beds

DHS agency steps up immigration-related investigations of businesses.

IG: Iraq contractor abused rules to limit release of data

Use of “proprietary” designation on documents not justified under bid and proposal rules, auditors say.

Most countries meet e-passport deadline

New passports with biometric chips will help DHS officials detect fraudulent documents.

Federal employees begin receiving new ID cards

Presidential directive required agencies to distribute new high tech credentials to at least one worker by Friday.