Skyrocketing cost of health care, retirement programs could squeeze out other critical policy priorities, according to think tank.
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Largest increases were outside GSA schedules.
Alphonso Jackson has a powerful ally in President Bush, a close friend.
Legislation would expand voluntary federal program by requiring employers to verify their workers' eligibility within four years.
Bill would allow senators to choose whether to make reports from the Congressional Research Service public.
Sparked by judge who upheld bid protests, review could delay contract until summer.
HHS initiative also will integrate electronic health records from Defense, Veterans Affairs, Indian Health Service and other agencies.
Report cites major problems, salary disparity at Army contracting office.
Congress still concerned about security of work processes for high-tech passports.
Michael Leavitt's chatty postings on health care reform, overseas trips are an informal alternative to other Cabinet officials' blogs.