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Transportation Secretary occupies an unlikely space: center stage

When Norman Mineta was named Transportation Secretary, one of his predecessors told him the job was "a snap." Then the Sept. 11 attacks happened.

Pentagon wants out of OMB competitive sourcing plan

In a possible setback for one of President Bush’s signature government reforms, the Defense Department does not plan to meet Office of Management and Budget targets for opening federal jobs to the private sector.

Bush signs record military spending bill

Calling it a down payment in the global war on terrorism, President Bush signed the $317 billion fiscal 2002 Defense spending bill, which includes an average 6.9 percent military pay raise, at a Pentagon ceremony Thursday.