Proposal to close more than 700 Farm Service Agency offices had run into widespread opposition on Capitol Hill.
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Internal disagreement had developed about what discretionary programs might be exempt from reductions.
Members of panel disagree with key senators on proposal to change formula for first-responder grants.
Homeland Security secretary says 1,500 Border Patrol agents are being hired to beef up enforcement.
Proposed policy includes strict guidelines for approving construction projects.
David Bibb is named acting commissioner of agency.
Despite lower marks, more SES members receive performance awards.
Department defends decision, saying plan was meant for unforeseen disasters.
Defense secretary tells Pentagon officials to push for changes in "obsolete" laws and work on legislation to give department greater management flexibility.
Senate overwhelmingly approves amendment rejecting 1.9 percent projected cost-of-living increase for 2006.