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USDA scraps plan to close field offices

Proposal to close more than 700 Farm Service Agency offices had run into widespread opposition on Capitol Hill.

House GOP leaders drop plans for across-the-board budget cuts

Internal disagreement had developed about what discretionary programs might be exempt from reductions.

9/11 commissioners at odds with former backers

Members of panel disagree with key senators on proposal to change formula for first-responder grants.

Chertoff calls for the end of 'catch and release'

Homeland Security secretary says 1,500 Border Patrol agents are being hired to beef up enforcement.

Park Service updates management policies

Proposed policy includes strict guidelines for approving construction projects.

GSA insider to fill top position on acting basis

David Bibb is named acting commissioner of agency.

Senior executives see drop in performance ratings

Despite lower marks, more SES members receive performance awards.

DHS failed to use catastrophe response plan in Katrina’s wake

Department defends decision, saying plan was meant for unforeseen disasters.

Rumsfeld seeks to scale back 'burdensome' reports

Defense secretary tells Pentagon officials to push for changes in "obsolete" laws and work on legislation to give department greater management flexibility.

Senators vote not to take pay raise

Senate overwhelmingly approves amendment rejecting 1.9 percent projected cost-of-living increase for 2006.