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Critics say USDA, HHS bow to lobbyists on food pyramid

One proposed solution: shift the process of setting dietary guidelines to the National Academies of Science.

Defense fine-tunes new personnel system regulations

Union bargaining will be limited and civilian personnel rules will be more flexible.

EEOC awards $4.9 million contract for customer service center

Choice of Virginia contractor stirs criticism.

House chairman may slow Homeland bill in customs fee dispute

"Blue slip" maneuver could kill the entire fiscal 2005 Homeland Security appropriations measure.

Senate appropriators question funding for Patent Office overhaul

Committee report questions whether the agency needs to hire "hundreds, if not thousands, of additional personnel."

Border agency retreats on employee political activities

Spokesman says supervisor “mistakenly told employees” they had to clear volunteer political activities on their own time with higher-ups.

9/11 overhaul likely to include cybersecurity provision

Measure would raise profile of Homeland Security Department's cybersecurity director to increase focus on protecting against cyberattack.

Postmaster general warns of rate hike if reform bill stalls

Swift passage of measure is necessary for Postal Service's financial planning, says Jack Potter.

Agencies urged to conduct to extensive analyses of purchases

GAO recommends agencies adopt a popular private sector analysis method to help lower the cost of goods and services.