OMB opposes measure, saying it would short-circuit suspension and debarment rules.
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Officials say they're already losing young scientists and cutting back on crucial research efforts.
Agencies are doing a better job planning technology investments, but more initiatives have been marked as needing high-level attention.
Homeland Security official says proposal to rely on contract security personnel would refocus resources without diminishing protection.
Homeland Security Department remains near the bottom of the employee satisfaction rankings.
Agency chief points out that GAO's budget, adjusting for inflation, has declined by 3 percent since 2003.
Serious bureaucracy needs a good kick in the funny bone.
Appropriator says unless charges of Hatch Act violations are resolved, he will have trouble fighting off efforts to cut funding for the agency.
Inspections in 10 cities turn up at least one unauthorized network.
Interagency program has struggled in part because of a fractured relationship between the Justice and Homeland Security departments.