Chairmen of the House Transportation and Homeland Security committees in the last session of Congress disagreed on FEMA overhaul.
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Nominee pledges further information sharing among agencies; Bush urges swift confirmation.
The Office of Personnel Management will retain control over the much of the program, including requirements for service providers.
Greater transparency, conflicts of interest also on advocates’ wish list.
Agency had planned to cut up to 2,673 employees by the end of fiscal 2006, but senators proposed a moratorium on layoffs.
Requirement that employees report to their official work site at least once a week has caused frustration.
Absent additions to spending measure, services could face a $4 billion shortfall for base closures and realignments approved in 2005.
Workers may be required to purchase cards before equipment is ready to read them.
Union officials call allegations against four employees “absurd,” arguing they were acting in the line of duty.
Panel chairs agree on a lineup of 12 subcommittees that matches up cleanly in both chambers.