House Government Reform Committee unanimously approves biggest overhaul of postal operations in more than 30 years.
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Reports conclude that agency scientists have taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from private firms over the past decade.
House committee members target the IRS, which accounts for more than 80 percent of federal regulatory paperwork.
Plans for the summer include restricting employees' leave, increasing staff and paying special attention to 25 key airports.
Emergency fiscal 2005 funds for Iraq and Afghanistan could total as much as $50 billion, and the Pentagon could have the flexibility to shift money between accounts.
Bill would direct the Pentagon to establish an independent panel to ensure the Air Force strikes a good deal.
Probe into three crashes concludes that incomplete maintenance records make it impossible to determine the airworthiness of the fleet of retired military planes.
Private-sector debt collection companies would have to follow the same rules as federal agents.