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OPM investigator launches probe of Office of Special Counsel chief

Inspector General Patrick McFarland to review charges of improper retaliation against a group of employees.

Senate panel backs bill to create biodefense agency

New organization would act “as the single point of authority” for research and development of medical countermeasures against bioterrorism and natural disease outbreaks.

DHS chief describes confusion in Katrina response

Federal effort was plagued by communications gaps, Michael Chertoff tells lawmakers.

House panel to probe federal medical response capacity

Committee interested in what responses to Katrina and Rita say about ability to handle terrorist attack.

Turning the Tide

Goodwill toward Louisiana might ebb if local leaders can’t convince Congress they’ll spend billions in Katrina aid wisely.

USDA scraps plan to close field offices

Proposal to close more than 700 Farm Service Agency offices had run into widespread opposition on Capitol Hill.

House GOP leaders drop plans for across-the-board budget cuts

Internal disagreement had developed about what discretionary programs might be exempt from reductions.