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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.

GSA, Defense reach agreement on acquisition policies

GSA will not hold Pentagon funds over from one fiscal year to another, in keeping with Defense legal interpretations.

IG urges Customs officials to better use intelligence

Procedures for dealing with high-risk cargo shipments need tweaking, investigators say.

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.