CBS News has learned officials will brief some families of American hostages, as well as former hostages, on possible changes in U.S. hostage policy, reports CBS News State Department correspondent Margaret Brennan.
While those parties are glad the Obama administration is considering changes, they say it falls short of what they'd hoped for.
Sources tell CBS News the government will still refuse to negotiate directly with kidnappers or consider paying ransom itself. Many families hoped the administration would make it legal to pay ransom or at least offer the help of professional hostage negotiators.
Public pressure lead President Obama to order a review of the U.S. hostage policy and its results are expected to be unveiled next week.
The recommendations include improving communication between families and the government, assigning a single coordinator to oversee all rescue efforts and an end to threats aimed at families who wish to make ransom payments.
Families are asking for a bigger overhaul and, just last week, Pentagon whistleblower Lt. Col. Jason Amerine told Congress the problem is bureaucratic mismanagement.
Rep. Duncan Hunter has repeatedly warned that, without better coordination, more Americans will be at risk.
"Radical Islam is kind of storming the world right now, so wherever Americans are, contractors, reporters, journalists, you're going to have more hostage cases," he said.
Six American hostages have been killed in the past 10 months.
"We really feel that our government needs to have a clearer policy," Diane Foley said in February. "We felt we were in the dark a lot, and not really part of the team."