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Erroneous payments cost government $20 billion in 2001

The federal government made $20 billion in erroneous payments in fiscal 2001, the Office of Management and Budget said Friday in a report to Congress outlining the poor state of financial management in the government.

Retention tension

The Bush administration has squashed a plan to let federal agencies use retention allowances to stop other agencies from hiring away their employees.

Ridge: Bush should veto Cabinet-level homeland security office

Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge said Thursday he would advise President Bush to veto any legislation creating a congressionally authorized Office of Homeland Security if Congress approves a bill this year.

Public support for federal workers falls to pre-Sept. 11 level

Americans support federal workers and trust the government less today than they did immediately after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a new survey shows.