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Homeland Security leaders win broad power over civil service rules

Civil service laws governing pay and promotions, job classification, collective bargaining, performance appraisals, discipline and firing will not apply to the 170,000 employees of the new Homeland Security Department under the homeland legislation approved by Congress this week.

Homeland Security employees will retain whistleblower rights

Most, and possibly all, employees of the new Homeland Security Department will have full whistleblower protections under a provision in the homeland security bill.

Sticking together

For a change, Navy and Marine Corps leaders aren't battling each other in defense spending fights.

Pentagon takes expanded role in closing bases

The Pentagon is taking a far greater role than it has in the past in deciding which military bases should be closed in 2005. As a result, the military services will have less say in deciding which bases are shut down or realigned.

Homeland bill includes personnel, benefits changes for all agencies

Agencies across the federal government will get new personnel powers and incentives for employees under the bill creating the new Department of Homeland Security.