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Federal civilian employees will receive an average 4.1 percent pay raise in 2003, which includes 1 percent for locality-based pay, according to an executive order issued Friday.
The Defense Department wants to avoid a repeat of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, which left thousands of troops ill and complaining of ailments most believe resulted directly from their service in Iraq and Kuwait.
As U.S. troops sweep into Iraq and run into determined pockets of opposition, the war is beginning to yield discomforting images of death and destruction.
As the military campaign to topple the regime of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein unfolds in the Middle East, military officials in southern Virginia and Colorado are developing plans for a different sort of campaign—here at home, in response to attacks on U.S. soil.
House Government Reform Committee Chairman Tom Davis, R-Va., has maneuvered to avoid having to cut $39 billion from federal employee benefits programs. But the cuts will have to come from other agency spending.