Unions say upcoming fight over 21,000 Customs and Border Protection employees will not hinder effort to challenge personnel reforms.
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Group opposes fourth measure that would require full inspection of all cargo entering the United States, calling it unrealistic.
State Department plans to use such technology in passports starting this summer.
Pilot program will be announced in next few months, Defense official says.
Homeland Security chief encourages ranking facilities based on risk levels.
Emergency personnel should be trained to respond to non-traditional threats, Homeland Security chief says.
Tests will be conducted on more than 75,000 birds in 2006, Interior Secretary Gale Norton says.
With only 80 inspectors to validate cargo security plans for about 10,000 companies, agency is looking for extra support.
Officials view increase as sign that new confidentiality policies are working.
Warrantless eavesdropping involves analyzing far-reaching web of communications data.