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EPA officials defend library closures, tout benefits of digitization

Internal documents urge officials to move slowly in disposal of library materials; furniture sale in Chicago netted just $350.

New House panel will oversee information policy

Watchdogs predict changes will place a higher priority on questions of access, classification and freedom of information.

Report: Dems should address rail security, grants process

Analysis also recommends oversight of biometric passports and stronger diplomacy.

House, Senate pass landmark postal reform measure

Bill shifts burden of paying retirement benefits earned by postal workers during years they were in military service from Postal Service to Treasury Department.

Congress restores tenure of IG for Iraq reconstruction

President’s signature will extend oversight by highly successful audit office.

Congress to take up new measure to keep agencies open

Latest continuing resolution will prevent government shutdown until Feb. 15, as lawmakers continue to debate fiscal 2007 spending bills.

DHS agency urged to continue retention bonus program

Nominee to become the department’s next management chief told lawmakers he will look into the issue.

GSA budget document reveals revisions to IG’s requests

Document provides details on what the agency’s investigative branch has said is an attempt to “reduce serious scrutiny of the agency.”

Defense secretary-designate backs personnel reforms

Robert Gates says pay and health benefits are key to military retention.

VA health funding fix might help avert government shutdown

Current continuing resolution runs out Friday; House and Senate likely to pass another measure keeping agencies open until Feb. 15.