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Cost-of-Labor Pains

Federal pay raises are determined by the cost of labor, which often has increased more than the cost of living.

Panel: Financial accountability critical for interagency service agreements

Rules are needed for “when things go wrong” in agency-to-agency agreements, GSA official says.

McCain to probe Air Force contracting for cargo planes

Officials say Air Force will enter a more transparent agreement with aircraft maker Lockheed Martin by the end of the year.

Dispute over low-income energy assistance delays flood insurance bill

Without a hike in the federal insurance program’s borrowing limit, FEMA may be unable disburse checks to hurricane victims.

FAA controllers gain support for bill on labor contract disputes

Bipartisan bill would require binding arbitration in case of impasse.

GSA eliminates no firms in first round of telecom contract bidding

All four major companies bidding on Networx Universal make it through.

Overhaul of emergency management system urged

Democrats call for removal of FEMA from Homeland Security, but DHS secretary resists calls for restructuring.

Rumsfeld defends budget decisions on weapons systems

Defense secretary also stands by his decision to stop production of C-17 Globemaster III cargo planes in 2008.

House panel criticizes FDA for slow approval of generic drugs

Agency should have requested a higher budget and devoted more employees to the approval program, member of appropriations subcommittee says.