The 2007 provision requires Homeland Security to ensure that all U.S.-bound containers are scanned abroad by 2012.
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Bills would place cyber adviser in White House, regulate private network security .
Defense, State and USAID say they are committed to success of common procurement database.
Escalating drug-related violence in Mexico could trigger demagoguery in U.S. politics.
The most expensive and far-reaching technological endeavor in the Army's history faces budget cuts, possible cancellation.
Legislation would eliminate knowledge, skills and abilities essays, and require plain-language job postings.
A shortage of government engineers and contract managers contributes to problems, says report.
Gates canceled plans to attend the NATO 60th anniversary summit in France so he could stay in Washington to wrap up work on the fiscal 2010 budget.
Watchdogs want more authority to monitor and examine the finances of the bailout effort.
Requirements increase the public disclosure responsibilities of procurement officials and contractors.