With only 80 inspectors to validate cargo security plans for about 10,000 companies, agency is looking for extra support.
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Officials view increase as sign that new confidentiality policies are working.
Warrantless eavesdropping involves analyzing far-reaching web of communications data.
Members hold off on considering merger of ICE and CBP, stronger protections for homeland security whistleblowers.
Key legislator requests report outlining plans to implement a presidential directive on management of interagency reconstruction, stabilization efforts.
Pentagon officials have proposed boost in one-time enrollment fees and recurring co-pays that would save about $735 million in fiscal 2007.
The Pentagon recently decided to make a U.S. company the sole engine developer for the jet, a move feared to drive up costs and cause delays.
Transformation agency officials say missed milestones were anticipated and will be addressed by the end of the fiscal year.
Office would coordinate with Defense, FBI, Energy Department and intelligence agencies on a global detection system.
Key senator also says government should establish identification standards for all communications officials.