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Divided House approves $2.9 trillion spending blueprint

Members reject GOP alternative calling for $279 billion in spending cuts over five years and a freeze in nondefense discretionary spending.

Senate panel moves bill creating reconstruction reserve corps

Corps would be made up of 250 active-duty personnel and 2,000 standby personnel, with most employees coming from the State Department and USAID.

Sticking Around

Retirement surge and empty pipeline fears mostly are unfounded.

Lawmakers urge EPA inspector to hold off on staff cuts

Several House members say the move, prompted by projected budget reductions, is premature.

House panel votes to repeal DHS personnel overhaul

Move comes weeks after department announced its intentions to move ahead with portions of the new system.

GSA chief grilled over potential Hatch Act violations

Lurita Doan tells lawmakers she can't remember details of Jan. 26 meeting at a GSA facility during which political issues were discussed.

Lawmaker unveils bill to overhaul flood insurance program

The 38-year-old program suffered massive losses in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

NTEU to represent 1,400 federal airport screeners

Union hopes to expand representation of TSA employees, as rival labor organization notes it has been active in the agency for five years.

GSA chief to go on offensive at House hearing

Key GOP panel member says allegations against Lurita Doan will not stand up to scrutiny.

IRS chief says 2006 tax season taxing the agency

Late changes in the law and other factors conspired to place this season among the most difficult in memory, commissioner says.