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Legislator defends OMB program evaluation tool

Amendment to Labor-HHS spending bill would block use of ratings.

Agencies may not meet goal of speeding security clearances

Industry officials predict December deadline could be tough even for swiftest agencies.

Defense says Safavian made ‘innocent errors’ as trial ends

Prosecution paints defendant as advancing lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s interests over the public’s; former procurement chief will appeal if found guilty on all counts.

Senate bill paves way for pay-for-performance

Legislation introduced by Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, requires beefed-up performance reviews, but stops short of fully linking raises to ratings.

House panel approves Defense, Labor-HHS spending bills

Full chamber passes $94.5 billion supplemental spending measure for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, border security, hurricane relief and pandemic flu preparedness.

House GOP leader previews report on cutting government waste

Next week, House is scheduled to take up line-item veto, sunset commission legislation.

NASA admits mistake in blocking access to scientist

Denial of interview with top climate scientist ran against agency policy, official says in letter to lawmakers.

Data breaches raise more questions about computer security law

Recent rash of reported IT security problems at agencies has lawmakers considering changes to the Federal Information Security Management Act.

Human resources consolidation project advances

OPM signals that federal shared service providers will compete with the private sector, but details have yet to be released.

VA opposes bill to let veterans hire lawyers

Legislation being pushed in House and Senate would allow vets to use legal counsel to help in obtaining benefits.