Fourth annual awards ceremony honors high-flying feds.
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Most departments and agencies will be funded at frozen or reduced levels until Nov. 18.
Despite the odds against closing the books in 45 days, financial managers hit the mark.
Once the poster child for transformation and efficiency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s gradual deterioration left it weak and ill-prepared for Katrina.
The rule, unique to the defense panel, required senior Pentagon officials holding pensions from defense contractors to buy an insurance policy to lock away the value of their benefits.
Shakeup would include eliminating old positions, creating new ones and possibly changing airport checkpoint procedures.
Judge questions whether revisions go far enough in providing binding contracts.
Long-time supporter of postal overhaul legislation echoes concerns expressed by Postal Service Board of Governors.
Opponents argue that small-scale experiments are not applicable governmentwide.
Michael Brown initially blames state and local officials for Hurricane Katrina problems, but concedes under questioning that the federal government also failed.