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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.

Senators supportive of Bush’s pick for DHS management chief

Nominee would face hurdles, including a department with “deep divisions between employees and management,” lawmakers note.

Lawmakers question GSA chief’s plans for agency auditors

Legislators ask Administrator Lurita Doan to explain why she is trying to limit the work of GSA’s inspector general.

Incoming House chairman proposes restructuring of oversight panel

Soon-to-be head of the Government Reform Committee wants to streamline its subcommittees.

Agency pledges to improve oil, gas royalty compliance reviews

Minerals Management Service will address problems with data accuracy and procedural and reporting flaws.

Pet projects holding up extension of stopgap funding measure

None of the fiscal 2007 appropriations bills for domestic programs have been enacted; current continuing resolution expires Friday.

Treading in Gray Areas

Avoiding the appearance of a conflict of interest can be a high wire act.

Legislators make last-ditch push on postal bill

House Government Reform panel leaders are advancing a proposal they say has a chance of passage this week, but it’s unclear how the Senate will react.

Pay-for-performance prospects dim, OMB official says

Management chief Clay Johnson says Democratic Congress unlikely to approve legislation tightening link between pay and performance ratings.