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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.

Senator introduces bill to shore up flood insurance program

Bill is a companion to a House measure approved by the Financial Services Committee in March and awaiting floor action.

Defense business modernization agency wins support

GAO sees improvement and members of Congress are working to get funding restored.

OPM floats new workforce management rules for agencies

Agency will require detailed annual reports on accomplishments and progress in managing employees.

Army Corps delays announcing winner of contest for IT jobs

Number of positions involved has shrunk from 1,350 to 1,100 as employees await result.

FEMA says it will meet hiring goals by hurricane season

Officials say local authorities will bear more responsibility during responses to this year's storms.

OPM to track agency training efforts

Agencies required to report employee-specific details by the end of year.