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Experts discuss how blogs helped pass database bill

Measure signed by President Bush early last week calls for OMB to create a free search engine and database to track federal grants and contracts.

GAO backs more accountability in grant programs

Agencies should work with grantees to find useful performance metrics, study finds.

Judge rejects request to dismiss ex-Park Police chief’s suit

Privacy Act suit seeks performance evaluation that attorneys argue is central to the potential reinstatement of Teresa Chambers.

Postal reform bill close to final passage

A few areas of possible contention remain, including the rules for postal rate increases and workers compensation.

Pentagon official optimistic about overturning labor ruling

David Chu says if Defense loses court case, the department may ask Congress for help.

Senate confirms former highway administrator as Transportation chief

Mary Peters also has headed the Arizona Department of Transportation, and considered a race for governor.

Congress withholds millions from DHS personnel system

This month, the department will bring 6,700 more employees under the plan, centered on market and performance-based pay.

Congress moves to raise FEMA’s profile

Agency chief would assume an advisory role with the White House under language in an appropriations bill passed late Friday.

Review: Security flaws place DHS inspectors’ laptops at risk

Weak inventory procedures and security policies contribute to vulnerability of inspector general laptops containing sensitive information.

Report points to flaws in regulatory agency's IT security

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission agrees to fix weaknesses, but argues password problems are minimal.