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New department begins pay and personnel overhaul

The Homeland Security Department’s 170,000 employees will have a say in a plan to replace federal civil service rules with new rules governing their pay, hiring, evaluation and union involvement, department officials announced Tuesday.

Clearing port for humanitarian relief is painstaking process

UMM QASR, IRAQ—Coalition forces have cleared a channel to this key Iraqi city for the delivery of humanitarian supplies, but a lot more work remains before the port is fully open.

Agencies put thousands of jobs up for competition

A promise President Bush made during the 2000 campaign—to put the jobs of 425,000 civil servants up for competition with contractors—has resonated far and wide inside the federal workforce.