About 3,000 of the nearly 7,000 top civil service executives now are eligible for salary hikes to nearly $160,000 a year.
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Agent claims he was pressured to falsify prewar Iraq WMD reporting.
Bill allows the FBI to set up an intelligence career path and creates scholarships to encourage students to enter the field.
Decision will likely expand the use of the controversial contracting method outside of the technology arena.
Lawyers hold up recent federal court ruling against the drug.
Pointing to a failed chain of command, Pentagon promises policy changes to prevent future mishandling of sexual assault accusations.
Measure to create national intelligence director and overhaul intelligence apparatus now heads to President Bush.
Transporation Secretary Norman Mineta said such partnerships can save time and can cut construction costs by up to 40 percent.