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Healthy Skepticism

A federal employee union fights a lonely battle against the VA's plan to close and consolidate hospitals.

Postal Service overhaul clears first hurdle

House Government Reform Committee unanimously approves biggest overhaul of postal operations in more than 30 years.

NIH under fire for alleged conflicts of interest

Reports conclude that agency scientists have taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from private firms over the past decade.

Paperwork reduction plan progresses

House committee members target the IRS, which accounts for more than 80 percent of federal regulatory paperwork.

TSA rolls out plan for busy travel season

Plans for the summer include restricting employees' leave, increasing staff and paying special attention to 25 key airports.

Senate leader seeks to increase Pentagon's supplemental request

Emergency fiscal 2005 funds for Iraq and Afghanistan could total as much as $50 billion, and the Pentagon could have the flexibility to shift money between accounts.

Air Force tanker lease deal approved at lower price

Bill would direct the Pentagon to establish an independent panel to ensure the Air Force strikes a good deal.

Safety concerns ground large firefighting air tankers

Probe into three crashes concludes that incomplete maintenance records make it impossible to determine the airworthiness of the fleet of retired military planes.

Senate bill would allow private tax collection

Private-sector debt collection companies would have to follow the same rules as federal agents.

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