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DHS personnel system funding takes another hit

Language passed by House would shift $15 million away from the office implementing the pay-for-performance system.

VA mandates new background checks in wake of data loss

Theft of personal information on 26.5 million veterans results in review of data access policies.

Pentagon seeks earlier emergency declarations

At least a week is needed to prepare for major hurricanes, Defense officials say.

Defense seeks immunity for witnesses in Safavian trial

Lawyer for former procurement chief says otherwise witnesses will invoke the Fifth Amendment, depriving defense of evidence.

Senate banking panel approves flood insurance bill

Bill would create a mandatory reserve fund to provide funding to help pay future claims without seeking additional money from the federal government.

Buying Tech Performance

For TSA, it’s a tough climb to contract results.

House approves $18.4 billion Agriculture spending bill

Measure exceeds Bush’s discretionary spending request by $564 million, blocks national animal ID program until concerns are addressed.

Patent office union expresses concern over massive telework program

Agency officials say they will meet their goal of enrolling 500 employees by year’s end, but union officials are skeptical.

FEMA pushes back timeline for meeting hiring target

Contingency contracts are not all in place either, agency official tells lawmakers.

VA to shift up to $25 million to handle data theft inquiries

Money would come from four IT programs, one of which could take a 50 percent cut if all funds are needed.