Defense medical agencies place priority on systems costing hundreds of times as much.
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Attempts to meet presidential mandate alone risked higher costs and slow implementation, inspector general says.
Standard identification cards could be used to log on to computers and other services, GSA official says.
Agencies are making significant investments in security, but need to be more proactive at preventing data breaches, security firm official says.
Agents start to use long-awaited system for managing case files and other information.
Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., says security breaches make him question Scott Charbo's "ability to lead the department's IT efforts."
Lapses at the Homeland Security Department may prompt broader questions about the 2002 Federal Information Security Management Act.
Policies are in place for agencies to put public records on the Internet, but agencies are Web-averse, open government advocate says.
House subcommittee allocates relatively minor increases in NASA funding to earth science programs, aeronautics research, education and climate change sensors.
Department not fully meeting 2006 requirement that the loss of sensitive information must be reported within one hour, auditors find.