Previous systems only allowed access through a dial-up connection.
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Hearing on the controversial proposal is scheduled for early next month.
Janet Hale wins praise from DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff for integrating the 22 agencies that formed the department.
Pilot program will be announced in next few months, Defense official says.
Proposal would let lower levels of government use pre-negotiated homeland security contracts.
Grammatical errors in phony e-mail asking participants to divulge personal information aroused suspicion.
Guidance designed to encourage continued growth in the number of federal employees who work away from the office.
Departments are already working on a joint system to provide mental health services by videoconferencing.
Advance preparation and more contract oversight are needed to prevent waste, GAO reviewers conclude.
Members hold off on considering merger of ICE and CBP, stronger protections for homeland security whistleblowers.