Labor officials wonder whether they'll see the Homeland Security Department's personnel reform proposals before the November election.
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Public-private competition placed as many as 1,300 federal jobs at stake.
Labor Department employees are reminded to buckle up, and the message soon will go out to the rest of the federal workforce.
Agency managers tampered with personnel files and evaded questions under oath, according to EEOC ruling.
Department is forced to take the temporary measure because Congress did not raise the federal debt ceiling before adjourning.
They fear momentum will be lost if the House and Senate fail to act before the elections.
President cites practice of combining federal contracts into large national agreements as a significant obstacle for small businesses.
But full implementation of a national infrastructure protection plan is two to three years away, says the leader of the effort.
Less than 60 percent of federal transactions were available online by October 2003 deadline set in law.
Leaders must recognize that they, too, can learn by listening to employees.