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Feds prepare state, local governments for terrorist attacks

The federal government has spent the past five years in a race to help local governments prepare for a chemical attack by terrorists. The initial sprint was good; the middle distance is proving to be harder.

Powell plans hiring, technology initiatives if budget hike approved

Secretary of State Colin Powell is asking Congress for a 14 percent increase in the State Department’s operating budget next year, with much of the money aimed at filling job vacancies, buying new computer equipment and improving embassy security.

Bush outsourcing plan may revitalize fizzling FAIR Act

A growing number of observers say challenging agency outsourcing lists under the FAIR Act is a waste of time. But a Bush administration plan to put hundreds of thousands of jobs up for competition may change that.

Thompson pledges to hold agencies accountable for results

The chair of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee pledged Friday to hold agencies accountable for results, saying accountability can cure the government’s pervasive management problems.

Postal Service to halt new construction

The Postal Service on Thursday delivered more bad news to stakeholders: The agency will halt construction projects this year in a cost-cutting effort.

Pentagon urged to set up management reform task force

A task force is needed to address ongoing problems and hasten reform efforts at the Defense Department, the head of the General Accounting Office said Wednesday.