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Panel agrees to give GAO more workforce flexibility

November 6, 2003 The House Government Reform Committee on Thursday approved legislation to give the General Accounting Office more management flexibility over its personnel. The committee approved the bill (H.R. 2751)-which is based on a proposal by GAO Comptroller General David Walker to make his agency a management model for the federal government-by...

House panel backs Homeland Security financial management bill

November 3, 2003 A House panel last week approved a bill to give Congress the authority to demand financial accountability at the Homeland Security Department. The Select Committee on Homeland Security passed the measure (H.R. 2886) Thursday by voice vote. "It remains imperative for the [department] to have in place all of the...

Security official touts department's science initiatives

October 30, 2003 A Homeland Security Department official on Thursday briefed lawmakers on progress made at the department to implement new technologies for combating terrorist threats. "We are shaping the [science and technology division] to serve as the department's hub for research and development for exposing and countering chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, high-explosive...

House panel creates disaster response team at USDA

October 29, 2003 The House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday approved a bill to create a disaster response team at the Agriculture Department. The bill (H.R. 3157) would authorize the Agriculture secretary to develop and deploy a disaster response team to act as a liaison between local and state officials coordinating with other federal...

Official voices concerns about critical infrastructure

October 24, 2003 The computer hardware and software systems controlling the nation's critical infrastructure are grossly insecure and outdated, and must be replaced with security-conscious systems quickly, a National Institutes of Standards and Technology official said Monday. "We need control hardware and software that has system protection and security built in from the...

New visa policies tie up State, trouble travel industry

October 24, 2003 Lawmakers questioned government officials Thursday about new visa policies to prevent terrorists from entering the country and the economic impact on the U.S. travel industry. "We're deeply worried about our economy," Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Richard Lugar, R-Ind., said during a hearing of the International Operations and Terrorism Subcommittee on...

Senate panel calls for report on law enforcement pay

October 23, 2003 The Senate Governmental Affairs on Wednesday called for a report on pay parity and benefits among the different federal law enforcement agencies to address recruitment and retention challenges. The bill (S. 1683) would require the Office of Personnel Management to submit a report to Congress by April 30, 2004 on...

GAO workforce reform bill passes Senate panel

October 23, 2003 The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would give the General Accounting Office more personnel management flexibility. The committee approved the bill (S.1522)-which is based on a proposal by GAO Comptroller General David Walker to make his agency a management model for the federal government-by voice...

Senate panel OKs security bills, agency file-sharing crackdown

October 22, 2003 The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved several bills that would address homeland security and technology issues. One bill, S. 1612, would create a new office within the Homeland Security Department to provide local and state "first responders" to emergencies with counter-terrorism technology. Committee Chairwoman Susan Collins, R-Maine,...

Officials debate rule on liability for anti-terrorism tools

October 17, 2003 Lawmakers and industry officials on Friday expressed concern about the Homeland Security Department's plan to implement a law designed to limit the liability that companies might face for their counter-terrorism technologies. "By passing the [law], Congress acted quickly to resolve uncertainty over liability concerns so that the full power of...

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