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Measure awaiting House-Senate negotiations would change the rate-setting process; decision on increase discouraged until bill is complete.
Committee’s version of defense authorization bill also includes a 2.7 percent across-the-board pay raise for the military.
Agencies pledge to use better discretion, say more contingency deals have been awarded.
Tool is designed to prioritize budget increases, but is useful for performance comparisons, too.
OPM will support the bill, which is less aggressive in moving employees off the General Schedule than an administration proposal.
Money slated for fiscal 2007 defense and foreign aid increases would be moved to health, education and other areas.
Of 500 test calls made to help line, 67 percent were answered completely and accurately.
Defense also should update assessments of future housing needs, GAO says.