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House votes to curtail job competitions

Lawmakers support a House member in his second attempt to force the Bush administration back to the drawing board.

System Failure

Prewar management decisions and postwar miscalculations contributed to abuses at Abu Ghraib prison.

Citizen satisfaction with some federal Web sites lags

Panelists say improving sites can save agencies money.

Senate panel rejects fixed term for national intelligence director

Governmental Affairs Committee also rejects move to give proposed director personnel authority over all intelligence agencies.

Covert tests reveal airport screening failures

New report finds problems with most aspects of passenger and baggage screening, but says the Transportation Security Administration is working to make improvements.

Time to Play Offense

If Kerry is to take the upper hand, he'll need to much more aggressively attack Bush.

Pentagon can't justify reserve retirement overhaul, report says

Legislative proposals to revamp the military reserve retirement system might end up costing the government more than it gains in retention, according to GAO.

Federal bank examiners could get new post-employment restrictions

Bipartisan bill calls for for "cooling off period" before certain examiners could work for financial institutions they had overseen.

Pay raise may not kick in until next spring

A 3.5 percent civil service raise is likely to pass, House Democratic leader says, but probably not in time to take effect in January.