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House Democrats blast small-business contracting efforts

Failure to meet small-business procurement goals could mean small companies will be shut out of Gulf Coast reconstruction work, they say.

The New Regime

In six months, NASA's management pendulum swings from one extreme to another.

OPM investigator launches probe of Office of Special Counsel chief

Inspector General Patrick McFarland to review charges of improper retaliation against a group of employees.

DHS chief describes confusion in Katrina response

Federal effort was plagued by communications gaps, Michael Chertoff tells lawmakers.

USDA scraps plan to close field offices

Proposal to close more than 700 Farm Service Agency offices had run into widespread opposition on Capitol Hill.

Park Service updates management policies

Proposed policy includes strict guidelines for approving construction projects.

DHS failed to use catastrophe response plan in Katrina’s wake

Department defends decision, saying plan was meant for unforeseen disasters.

Pentagon to house business programs in central agency

Various departmentwide initiatives would be included in agency’s portfolio.

Getting ahead: Secrets to climbing the government ladder

The most successful civil servants tend to be people who successfully navigate the tricky terrain where political appointees and career officials meet.

Postal panel backs overhaul bill

In letter to lawmakers, Postal Rate Commission rejects criticism of legislation by agency's Board of Governors.