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Legislator defends OMB program evaluation tool

Amendment to Labor-HHS spending bill would block use of ratings.

House committee OKs standards for security tools, training

Measure also would require DHS to create a program for transferring to the private sector terrorism and disaster response technology developed with federal funding.

Agencies may not meet goal of speeding security clearances

Industry officials predict December deadline could be tough even for swiftest agencies.

House backs 2.7 percent civilian pay raise for 2007

Bill specifically includes Defense, Homeland Security employees in the increase.

Presidential Prospects

Recent polls show John McCain as a favorite for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, and Hillary Clinton as the leading Democrat.

Defense tech agency expands telework program

More than 1,400 of the Defense Information Systems Agency's 5,000 employees now qualify to work away from the office.

Defense says Safavian made ‘innocent errors’ as trial ends

Prosecution paints defendant as advancing lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s interests over the public’s; former procurement chief will appeal if found guilty on all counts.

Chemical industry ready to square off over security bill

Industry says proposed provisions are onerous and duplicative, while environmental and labor groups say they don’t go far enough.

Senate bill paves way for pay-for-performance

Legislation introduced by Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, requires beefed-up performance reviews, but stops short of fully linking raises to ratings.