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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.

Speeding Up Acquisition Reform

Wartime urgency pulls back the red tape on accelerated projects.

Proponent of IT centralization declares victory at the VA

Employees involved in application development will be sent to work under the CIO Monday, and permanently placed there in April.

Bill creating HHS bioterror research agency on Bush’s desk

Measure would reduce the Homeland Security Department’s role in the event of a bioterror attack.

Key senator urges Bush to use his sway on fiscal issues

A first step will be to institute "pay/go" requirements that new entitlement programs or tax cuts be offset, incoming budget panel leader says.

Coast Guard chief stresses importance of focusing on employees

Thad Allen cites plans for possible joint-duty requirements across Homeland Security agencies.

Yearlong funding measure won’t rely on current formula

Joint House-Senate group will set spending levels; agencies will likely have an opportunity to appeal for more money.