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Telecom panel calls for more emergency preparedness funding

Advisory group approves report recommending more funding for R&D for enhancements to electric grids.

Executive branch courts Hill staffers left jobless after elections

White House officials have told GOP lawmakers and their staffs that the administration froze many political slots to absorb furloughed Republicans.

Internal memo raises concerns about DHS funds transfer

Agency officials say agreement between two units to shift funds for detainee transport may have violated federal appropriations law.

OMB data shows low e-gov adoption and use rates

High percentage of agencies are participating in Bush administration's e-government initiatives.

OMB to release figures on e-gov acceptance, usage

Information will cover 18 of 25 projects; goal is to increase transparency, illustrate initiatives’ success.

Government fails 10th consecutive audit

Five agencies, with $1.6 trillion in assets and costs on their balance sheets, denied a clean opinion.

Bipartisan effort in House will target federal oil leases

Committee leaders want the Interior Department to force oil and gas companies to pay royalties lost through the omission of price thresholds for certain lease agreements.

Anti-discrimination activists seek new federal workplace law

Activists say OPM regulations have subverted the intent of a 2002 law meant to stiffen penalties for discrimination.

DHS privacy office steps up scrutiny of technology projects

Critics say report to Congress covering two years of activity is short on details, seek commitment from recently arrived privacy chief.

Report: Biometric visitor tracking won't work at land exits

Implementation would be costly, require new infrastructure and lead to traffic backups.