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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.

Labor issues rule affecting contractors’ hiring processes

Rule designed to prevent discrimination and to help companies follow affirmative action requirements.

Panel considers limits on lawmakers' earmark requests

Proposal looks to reduce the overall number of requests from about 35,000 each year to a more manageable number.

Women’s group backs personnel reform but urges caution

Organization calls for data collection, analysis to ensure pay-for-performance system is fair to women and minorities.

Homeland Security unit to consolidate aviation, marine assets

New Customs and Border Protection organization will include a force of 651 officers and 500 pilots.

Report: Build management networks, not hierarchies

Panel identifies network-based structures as key to confronting governance challenges.