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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.

Social Security, union clash over sexual orientation contract provisions

Union claims agency seeks to remove provisions allowing gays and lesbians to file grievances alleging discrimination.

CIA refuses to release historical budget data

Agency officials say disclosure of budget information might jeopardize U.S. intelligence sources and methods.

GSA upgrades purchasing Web site

New system allows buyers to search by category, which may shorten buying time.

Army learns to live in state of high anxiety

The effort to transform the Army at a time when it is leading operations in Iraq and Afghanistan has resulted in one of the most unsettling periods in the service's long history.