Officials try to squelch slow response complaints.
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About one-fourth of the agency's offices may be shuttered.
Congress not expected to reject independent commission's recomendations.
Discrimination against gays and lesbians would be added to the list of prohibited personnel practices.
Failures of initial effort may serve as a catalyst for overhaul of emergency response apparatus.
Committee votes to keep the language in veterans health care bill.