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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.

Pentagon security agency not told of potential attacks before 9/11

Attack survivors believe that better planning might have prevented deaths, destruction.

House votes to grant agencies hiring, pay flexibility

Bill allows larger bonuses and compensatory time off for time spent on official travel.

House-Senate conferees quash effort to delay base closures

Conference committee members also reach an 11th hour deal on language preventing the Air Force from leasing Boeing refueling tankers.