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Agencies survive telework scrutiny, but pressure to step up efforts rising

A review found that agencies required to adopt strong telework programs complied with law and will not lose $5 million in appropriations.

Dental and vision insurance pushed back until December 2006

Supplemental coverage won’t be subsidized by agencies, but OPM will use large number of employees to negotiate lower costs.

Homeland Security IG sets up Katrina oversight office

Weather Service official detailed to audit federal relief spending.

Agriculture to rebid massive eTravel contract

Both USDA and provider EDS say the break was mutual.

Next Katrina spending measure might wait until after October recess

Congress has earmarked $60 billion for FEMA; as of last week, the agency had $48.5 billion remaining in its disaster relief account.

Pentagon drops plan to shift funds from armored vehicle program

Measure would have temporarily shifted money from effort to produced armored Humvees to fund Army programs related to ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bill would kill base closing plans

House lawmaker introduces legislation that would squelch plans to close and realign military facilities.

Officials consider quicker federalization, use of military in disaster response

In the future, the government might need to move resources and military forces to disasters without request or consultation with state and local officials.