Under plan, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and New Zealand would get access to Secret Internet Protocol Router Network.
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Popular sites such as YouTube were blocked because they were "bandwidth hogs," official says.
Defense agency is once again facing a budget shortfall; last year it had to suspend processing of clearance applications.
To comply with privacy laws, agency must detail how data collected from international air travelers is used, GAO says.
GAO continues to encourage creation of a chief management position to sustain changes across administrations.
In letter seeking an investigation, lawmakers say Homeland Security appears to be rushing a testing and certification program.
Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., says it would be better for the military to ration limited Internet resources.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, says procedures to protect personal information and penalties for violations are critical.
Reengineering computer systems to meet Real ID Act requirements could cost more than $1 billion, state officials say.
Directive says emphasis should be placed on geographic dispersion of leaders and staff to keep services going.