American Federation of Government Employees says domestic diva’s incarceration shines unfavorable light on staff cutbacks at federal prisons.
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Debate on a variety of unrelated issues, from hurricane relief to highway spending, holds up passage of appropriations measure.
Defense authorization bill also includes 3.5 percent pay raise for military service personnel.
Defying veto threat, conferees retain language blocking potential outsourcing of more than 1,300 immigration services jobs.
Will performance pay and other personnel reforms spread to the rest of the government? No one really is sure.
Sens. Collins, Lieberman, beat back efforts to weaken role of national intelligence director.
Senate panel was interested in Gen. Gregory Martin's e-mails related to controversial Air Force tanker lease deal.
Attack survivors believe that better planning might have prevented deaths, destruction.
Bill allows larger bonuses and compensatory time off for time spent on official travel.
Conference committee members also reach an 11th hour deal on language preventing the Air Force from leasing Boeing refueling tankers.