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Davis joins push to restore FEMA’s independence

Position puts the House Government Reform Committee chairman at odds with leaders of other powerful committees.

Report: State Department failed to justify premium travel

Of $140 million spent on first-class travel over 18 months, 67 percent was not properly authorized.

Union officials criticize Bush’s choice for FEMA director

But David Paulison wins backing of some legislators.

Managers’ groups unite in effort to influence personnel debate

New coalition will seek to add managers' and executives' voices to discussion dominated by labor unions and Bush administration.

Treasury secretary’s vulnerabilities fall into the spotlight

White House said to be looking for a new Treasury chief capable of better persuading the public that the economy is strong.

Senate Governmental Affairs leader may run as independent

Challenger to Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., ranking member of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, says he's too supportive of President Bush.

SBA critic stops short of proposing agency's abolition

But researcher tells lawmakers only 3 percent of small firms use SBA's guaranteed loan program.

Lawmakers move to extend ethics requirements

Bill would extend cooling-off period for political appointees and procurement officials.

Progress cutting improper payments may be overstated

Medicare program drove reported reductions for 2005, but improvement may be mostly on paper, GAO official says.

Feds see drop in jobs defended against contractors in 2005

Last year’s public-private competitions will save $3.1 billion over five to 10 years, OMB says.