A White House veto threat this weekend scotched chances for a deal.
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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.
Homeland Security official urges private industry and government cooperation to make cybersecurity a priority.
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.
New unified agenda is designed to increase transparency, save money.
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.