Negotiators cut Defense bill language canceling Walter Reed outsourcing; garrison requests bridge staff for transition.
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Bill would require stricter enforcement of 20-day deadline for responding to requests for information.
House passed the measure by a comfortable margin, but time is running out for the Senate to act.
Defense and Homeland Security are the only departments likely to see spending bills passed before the new fiscal year starts Sunday.
Department’s acting CIO says personally owned computers used for work remain a security risk.
Move comes as President Bush signs blogger-backed bill to create Web site tracking federal spending.
The Homeland Security Department will reenter talks with unions to plan a new system that fits within legal requirements.
Contingency contract allowing construction of more detention centers may be invoked, officials say.
The Pentagon disagrees with finding that moving employees to other jobs does not count toward savings.
Rob Portman addresses issues on the 'M' side of his agency for the first time publicly.