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Personnel will undergo fingerprinting and background checks.
Employees across 16 agencies will be rated on a standard set of criteria starting with the fiscal 2009 appraisal cycle.
Emergency funds, such as as $3 billion for border security, could be added to omnibus spending bill.
Participants at the conference expect the federal government to continue turning to the private sector to meet homeland security needs.
FISA overhaul remains a possibility to pass before recess.
Such employees represent less than 1 percent of the federal workforce, and less than 0.5 percent of positions above GS-15.
Top officials said to exert unusual control over public statements of federal scientists on climate change issues.
The organization's budget had fallen in real terms by about 6 percent since 2001, even as State's overall budget grew by 50 percent.