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House panel OKs tougher steps to control weapons costs

Committee’s version of defense authorization bill also includes a 2.7 percent across-the-board pay raise for the military.

House committee rips lack of oversight in Katrina contracting

Agencies pledge to use better discretion, say more contingency deals have been awarded.

Park Service to introduce new score card for parks

Tool is designed to prioritize budget increases, but is useful for performance comparisons, too.

The Human Touch

It’s all right to be wrong.

Senator crafts bill focusing on performance now, pay later

OPM will support the bill, which is less aggressive in moving employees off the General Schedule than an administration proposal.

Key legislator eyes $6 billion shift to boost domestic programs

Money slated for fiscal 2007 defense and foreign aid increases would be moved to health, education and other areas.

House attempt at bill revamping FEMA stalls

Partisan squabble blamed for delay in legislation that would leapfrog Senate efforts to reconstruct the beleaguered agency.

GAO critical of Medicare's information on drug benefit

Of 500 test calls made to help line, 67 percent were answered completely and accurately.

Better oversight urged for program to privatize military housing

Defense also should update assessments of future housing needs, GAO says.

Lawmakers seek to protect 2,000 Army Corps jobs from contractors

Lock and dam operators perform inherently governmental work, unions and legislators argue.