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House panel boosts military pay raise

Increase of half a percentage point over administration request comes just days after Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked Congress to hold the line on raises.

Committee approves three veterans bills

Bills range from therapeutic companion dogs to chiropractors for injured or emotionally troubled vets.

Senators call for sanctions against contractors doing business with Iran

GAO finds seven companies with U.S. contracts also worked in Iran’s energy sector.

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Lawmakers push potty parity

New legislation requires an equal number of male and female toilets in federal buildings.

Customs and border chief faces scrutiny over household staff

Alan Bersin did not maintain proper employment forms for employees, Senate investigators report.

GOP appropriators urge IRS bumps be left out of budget resolution

Increases for enforcement programs would be tantamount to earmarks since they would be set aside for specific purposes, Republicans argue.

Interior will restructure Minerals Management Service

Reorganization would create an independent safety and environmental enforcement entity.

Proposal would expand contractor performance database

Records would stay in the system for one decade and would include incidents not directly related to federal work.

Senators introduce earmark database bill

Proposal answers State of the Union request for a single website listing prospective directed spending so taxpayers can follow the money.

Private employees face barriers entering the federal workforce, observers say

Most external applicants don’t understand how to navigate the government’s complicated hiring process.

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