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Investigative agency earns fewer victories for employees

Critics say Office of Special Counsel has focused more on cutting case backlog than securing corrective action for improper personnel practices.

Systems Doctor

The VA chief information officer has more power than ever, but will it get IT back on track?

Bush pledges to eliminate 140 poor-performing programs

But president seeks expansion of Defense, Energy programs in State of Union address.

Patent office managers to receive telework training

Under $47,500 contract, managers will get training in operating under a program designed to increase work away from the office.

Senators dig into mining safety and OSHA nominees

Mine agency nominee criticized for reluctance to commit to adoption of technologies and practices that have worked in other countries.

Homeland Security, GAO trade barbs on Katrina investigation

Congressional auditors cite leadership vacuum in response effort; DHS official calls their report “premature and unprofessional.”

Lawmaker urges review of patent approval and re-examination processes

Faster action could have helped resolve the BlackBerry patent dispute before it threatened to disrupt service, House committee leader says.

President's Homeland Security picks get guarded reception

Secret Service, Customs and Border Protection nominees win praise from labor organizations--and some expressions of concern about building sound relationships with employees.

Industry opposes acquisition changes recommended by advisory group

Federal contractors would be subject to confusing terms, hurting competition, coalition says.

DHS asks industry to help secure borders

Homeland Security officials announce an acquisition strategy for first phase of the Secure Border Initiative.