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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.

Bill ties higher SES pay to lower performance ratings

Federal agencies could pay their best senior executives more each year—if the agencies lower performance ratings for their executives overall, under a provision included in the pending homeland security legislation.