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Appropriations panels rap USDA management

House, Senate committees limit spending inititatives, criticize department's budget submission.

MSPB judge upholds firing of Park Police chief

Lawyers for Teresa Chambers vow to appeal decision, saying her First Amendment rigths were violated.

Judge criticizes Justice Department leaks in anthrax investigation

Accuses leakers of "undermining what this country is supposed to be about."

Union says prison cutbacks could put Martha Stewart at risk

American Federation of Government Employees says domestic diva’s incarceration shines unfavorable light on staff cutbacks at federal prisons.

Homeland Security spending bill bogged down by disputes

Debate on a variety of unrelated issues, from hurricane relief to highway spending, holds up passage of appropriations measure.

Conferees authorize increase in troops for Army, Marines

Defense authorization bill also includes 3.5 percent pay raise for military service personnel.

Lawmakers stand behind measure blocking immigration job contest

Defying veto threat, conferees retain language blocking potential outsourcing of more than 1,300 immigration services jobs.

The Reformation

Will performance pay and other personnel reforms spread to the rest of the government? No one really is sure.

Senate passes intelligence overhaul bill; House prepares for debate

Sens. Collins, Lieberman, beat back efforts to weaken role of national intelligence director.

Air Force general withdraws nomination to head Pacific Command

Senate panel was interested in Gen. Gregory Martin's e-mails related to controversial Air Force tanker lease deal.