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Fraudulent Katrina aid may exceed $1 billion

GAO revises its estimate of improper payments in FEMA disaster assistance program upward, to as much as $1.4 billion.

Top Democrat says he would lead oversight panel in bipartisan manner

Postal reform bill is an example of a substantive measure that could be handled without partisan fighting, Waxman says.

Auditors blame VA data breach on security flaws

Inspector general reports have noted information security vulnerabilities at the agency since 1997.

House votes to block outsourcing of tax collections

Transportation-Treasury appropriations bill provision would freeze 2007 funding for contractor program.

Legislator defends OMB program evaluation tool

Amendment to Labor-HHS spending bill would block use of ratings.

Agencies may not meet goal of speeding security clearances

Industry officials predict December deadline could be tough even for swiftest agencies.

Defense says Safavian made ‘innocent errors’ as trial ends

Prosecution paints defendant as advancing lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s interests over the public’s; former procurement chief will appeal if found guilty on all counts.

Senate bill paves way for pay-for-performance

Legislation introduced by Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, requires beefed-up performance reviews, but stops short of fully linking raises to ratings.

House panel approves Defense, Labor-HHS spending bills

Full chamber passes $94.5 billion supplemental spending measure for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, border security, hurricane relief and pandemic flu preparedness.