Commissioner says strides in enforcement of tax laws have not come at the expense of customer service.
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The next Congress, led by Democrats, could have an opportunity to undo restrictive language.
DHS spokesman says study attributing a decline in visitors in part to the way they're treated by government officials at airports is “flawed and self-serving.”
Personnel reform, integration of Homeland Security agencies, and the government’s emergency response plans are among areas tagged for greater focus.
Such proposals have been mainstays of Bush's budget blueprints but give appropriators headaches because they have the effect of creating unrealistic offsets for additional spending.
Department spends as much as $6 billion annually on technology acquisitions alone.
Without the measure, which the full Senate has also passed as an add-on to a spending bill, the office is scheduled to close in October 2007.
GOP conservatives are blocking the 10 remaining bills, favoring a long-term continuing resolution free of earmarks.
Inadequate oversight has contributed to payment for services not received, and has placed employees and facilities at risk, report states.
Five agencies with $507.5 billion in spending had problems so severe that auditors were unable to form an opinion on their finances.