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Audit: Emergency communications project imperiled

Uncertain funding mechanisms and a poor governing structure are among the problems jeopardizing the effort to create a wireless network for first responders.

Chief of the Smithsonian resigns

Departure comes amid controversy over unauthorized spending on items such as private jet travel.

Lawmaker renews push to improve management training

Bill would require refreshers every three years on how to evaluate employees and develop performance expectations.

Transportation orders hold on Microsoft upgrades

Department cites cost and compatibility issues in decision to hold off on updates.

Jury still out on Democratic oversight efforts

Quality oversight can bring about meaningful changes to program performance, but oversight can also be a political tool.

CBP prepares to expand expedited import tracking

Project aims to replace a long-used paper system for processing commercial imports with electronic processing.

Merit board seeks summary judgment powers

Top official sees heavier caseload ahead with retirements, tight budgets, pay for performance and potential expansion of whistleblower rights.

NASA is shirking its educational duties, union says

Labor group asks appropriators to give space agency about $1 billion more than President Bush proposed for fiscal 2008.

Lawmaker asks IRS to suspend hiring debt collection contractors

Leader of Ways and Means panel notes IRS opted against renewing one of three contracts it awarded last year.

Ex-Interior official pleads guilty for obstruction of justice

Under agreement, prosecutors will propose a maximum 10-month sentence for former No. 2 official at the department.