Department official defends decision to diverge from approach recommended by oversight committee and consulting firm.
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XBRL could take the sting out of organizing and analyzing financial data.
Contractors cost more and present privacy risks, union argues.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England says he anticipated decision overturning parts of the department’s new personnel system.
PricewaterhouseCoopers wins contract worth up to $42 million to help address systemic accounting problems.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says he will be personally involved in new review of U.S. port operations sale.
Decision echoes August ruling in case involving challenge to Homeland Security system.
Agency and union have 30 days to file proposals for a remedy.
Increase has been driven by the budget-neutral practice of directing agencies where to spend money, without boosting funding.
Investment justifications now required for urban area security grants provide more information on state spending, official says.