"You are wonderful patriots who serve your nation as its troops in the far-flung outposts of American diplomacy," outgoing Secretary of State says.
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Labor unions ask Congress top take action to prevent the Pentagon from using base closures to eliminate shipyards.
This inaugural address is President Bush's opportunity to capture some momentum for his second-term agenda.
Poor-performing programs expected to take hits in fiscal 2006 submission early next month.
Contracts with Defense Department and grants to nongovernmental organizations enable the agency to pitch in after tsunami disaster.
Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., will reintroduce measure to give president authority to overhaul the federal organizational chart.
More than 800 workers have reached the top of their pay bands and are no longer eligible for base salary increases.