Former GSA official says he never questioned trip costs, blames government ethics learning curve for some actions.
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Members of House committee ask Chertoff how the department would handle decreased appropriations for its personnel reforms.
Agency says it will align and define program goals, benefits, business results and performance measures by July 1.
One computerized system will make salary and benefits details easily accessible.
Adm. Thad Allen says government is making progress establishing clear lines of command and communication for disaster response.
Canceling travel is one of many penny-pinching moves the service plans to take until emergency spending bill is enacted.
Analyst's ability to work from home is being used as a scapegoat, telework advocates say.
Personnel chief also says he expects fast resolution to court case on labor relations aspects of the system.
At the federal level, however, more thought is being given to discouraging development along high-risk stretches of coastline.
Compromise version of bill will likely allow Postal Service partial access to escrow fund to pay for future employee health benefits and operating costs.