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Growth in earmarks limits agencies’ flexibility

Increase has been driven by the budget-neutral practice of directing agencies where to spend money, without boosting funding.

Justice Department to get a national security chief

Patriot Act reauthorization would create a division to oversee counter-terrorism, counter-espionage and FISA-warrant-seeking shop.

GAO: Feds lack data on emergency response grants

Investment justifications now required for urban area security grants provide more information on state spending, official says.

Marine Corps awards contract to assist in personnel reforms

Contractor will help revise position descriptions and prepare workforce statistics.

Supplemental aid request could be a tough sell on Capitol Hill

Delays and apparent lack of attention from the Bush administration worry lawmakers reviewing the $92.2 billion request for military operations, foreign aid and hurricane relief.

GAO declines to hear protest of Walter Reed competitive sourcing decision

Agency official lacked standing to challenge job contests started prior to January 2005, decision states.

Senator seeks middle ground on immigration enforcement bill

Proposal floated Friday would require employers to verify the immigration status of new employees, rather than all of their workers.

Federal judge hints at BlackBerry ban, urges deal

Judge says that if he issues an injunction, he’ll make sure government users aren’t subject to the ban.