In the meantime, criminal justice scholars are noting that the Justice Department's statistics collection groups are getting thoroughly politicized. And they're doing the same thing to science panels throughout the government. Some of the Justice statistics jobs are being privatized; one of the major complaints about ex-Gov. Weld's privatization initiatives here in Massachusetts was that Weld seemed to be using it as a way to steer state boodle towards his friends, which civil service rules kept him from doing within the government.
Which brings us back to Homeland Security, where Dubya stands pat, threatening a veto unless Congress waives civil service rules entirely, even though they've given him just about everything else he asked for --- thus opening another battlefront in the war that this administration has been fighting hard since it entered office, the War on Accountability. How much longer does this have to drag on before it becomes obvious that for Dubya, ditching civil service rules is the point of the bill, and all that security stuff is an afterthought?