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Hirings on Hold at Homeland Security

The Homeland Security Department said on Friday that it is putting a hold on new hires at two bureaus for a few weeks while it analyzes whether they’re spending more than their budgets allow. Dennis Murphy, Homeland Security spokesman, said budget analysts are reviewing the payroll systems of the two bureaus, Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The analysts are trying to determine the accuracy of initial projections for their spending for the whole year. “We’re putting a temporary hold on new hires while the midyear budget review is completed,” Murphy said. New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chair of the House Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security, said the problem will hamper efforts to prevent terrorists entering the country. Full Story

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