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Contracting problems cited for Iraq construction failures

Officials blame raw sewage oozing from police barracks and large cost overruns on lack of oversight.

New Amtrak chief urges more funding

Rail service’s biggest challenge now is lack of capital to finance projects such as bridge and tunnel replacement.

Wired for Trouble

Putting law enforcement officers in radio contact is easier said than done.

House passes IT security bill

Measure comes in response to data breaches at more than a dozen agencies across government.

Lawmakers take Interior Department to task on royalty position

Minerals Management Service official argues department lacks the clout to recoup omitted royalty payments worth billions.

House approves $447.6 billion Defense spending measure

Bill also contains provision to fund agencies with unfinished appropriations at 2006 levels through mid-November.

Proposal to speed up passenger list submissions draws criticism

Timing change sought by Customs, Border agency could prove costly, representatives of the airline industry say.

Peak-performing civil servants honored

Fifth annual Service to America awards ceremony honors high-flying feds.

Several competitive sourcing provisions dropped from Defense bill

Negotiators cut Defense bill language canceling Walter Reed outsourcing; garrison requests bridge staff for transition.

House panel votes to ease access to federal records

Bill would require stricter enforcement of 20-day deadline for responding to requests for information.