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Foodborne illnesses decline; federal role credited

Since 1996, when three agencies set up a system to track diseases transmitted through food, the incidence of such illnesses has dropped sharply.

Start Saving, Soldier!

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is trying to lure more military service members into the Thrift Savings Plan.

Pentagon urged to consider R&D in base closings

Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., introduced a bill Wednesday that would require the Pentagon to consider the military value of research, development and testing facilities in the next round of base closings.

House panel OKs new dollar coins featuring U.S. presidents

A House subcommittee approved legislation Wednesday to establish a series of dollar coins that would feature U.S. presidents in the order they served.

Directive defines agency roles in battling bioterrorism

Presidential order is designed to improve interagency coordination in preventing, detecting and responding to acts of bioterrorism.

Davis seeks briefing on rail security pilot program

The chairman of the House Government Reform Committee asked the Transportation Security Administration this week to give him a briefing on a pilot program to address vulnerabilities at rail and transit stations.

Federal charity donations reached record level in 2003

Employees gave $248.5 million to the Combined Federal Campaign, an increase of almost $19 million over 2002 contributions.

Lawmakers ask Ridge for cybersecurity plan

Lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee on Thursday indicated changes they may include in the panel's authorization bill this year on cybersecurity.

Senate panel votes to end diversion of patent fees

Without a whisper of dissent, the Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed Thursday a House bill that raises fees for the Patent and Trademark Office and lets the agency keep its own money.