DHS regulations designed to identify high risk sites containing dangerous chemicals expire in October 2009.
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Earmarks will remain, despite lawmaker's earlier pledge, although at significantly reduced levels.
A combination of historic appreciation, current disappointment, and hope for the future have foreigners watching the 2008 election.
A White House veto threat this weekend scotched chances for a deal.
Personnel will undergo fingerprinting and background checks.
Employees across 16 agencies will be rated on a standard set of criteria starting with the fiscal 2009 appraisal cycle.
Homeland Security official urges private industry and government cooperation to make cybersecurity a priority.
Emergency funds, such as as $3 billion for border security, could be added to omnibus spending bill.
Participants at the conference expect the federal government to continue turning to the private sector to meet homeland security needs.
New unified agenda is designed to increase transparency, save money.