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DHS urged to finish analysis of visitor tracking system

Department needs to complete a strategic plan to indicate how the program fits with other border security initiatives, GAO says.

Caution urged for executives seeking spots on nonprofit boards

Agencies should be careful about allowing their employees to serve on boards of groups with an interest in their work, Justice Department opinion says.

Space agency defends acquisitions processes

NASA says one-of-a-kind projects are less amenable to standardized reviews.

Funding shortfalls cited for setbacks in storm response drill

Key officials, including the FEMA director, the governor of Louisiana and the mayor of New Orleans, failed to participate in the training exercise, senator says.

Pentagon again delays new labor rules upon judge’s request

Defense Department will forge ahead with creation of National Security Labor Relations Board.

Agencies back environmentally friendly building principles

Agreement is aimed at boosting energy efficiency and indoor air quality at new and existing federal facilities.

VA aims to make acquisition rules more user-friendly

At the same time, department proposes several new clauses that could scare off potential bidders.

Employees keep training expectations to themselves

Only a third of respondents to Merit Systems Protection Board survey said they informed their supervisors about their needs.

Senators say mine safety agency needs more money

Last year’s 1 percent across-the-board spending cut left the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s budget $2.8 million below Bush’s request.

Supreme Court won’t intervene in BlackBerry dispute

Maker of popular communications device argues that a shutdown would impair the government’s use.