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Major metro areas found ineligible for anti-terror grants

Areas as large as Phoenix and San Diego are allowed "sustainment" funding, but no longer qualify for major terrorism-preparedness grant program.

Senate approves limited VA job competitions

Legislation would allow some public-private competitions, but prevent full resumption of effort to put federal jobs up for bid.

Congress follows executive branch lead on 2006 spending cuts

Final appropriations bills incorporate more of President Bush’s proposed program cuts than last year.

Training credited for reducing sexual misconduct at Air Force Academy

Cadets at the Colorado institution report fewer incidents than students at the Military and Naval academies.

Homeland Security unveils 2006 strategy for awarding urban grants

Regions must pull together, submit spending plans and compete for funding.

New documents may influence Patriot Act debate

Papers delivered so far show that the FBI’s office of general counsel lodged complaints about agents’ use of powers.

Immigration agency gets new chief

A top priority for Emilio Gonzalez will be reducing the backlog of immigration applications.

Senate clears Defense authorization measure

Bill containing a number of policy provisions, including language expanding military healthcare programs, awaits President Bush’s signature.

Hurricane response shows gaps in public-private coordination

After Katrina, corporate officials and federal employees relied on personal connections, fortunate coincidences to join forces.

Auditors doubt immigration agency will meet goal for eliminating backlog

Citizenship and Immigration Services has relied on temporary staff and overtime to cut mountain of applications.