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Nicholson testifies in front of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs last year.

Veterans Affairs chief resigns

James Nicholson, 69, says he wants to return to the private sector.

DHS to review $8 million in unpaid security contract invoices

Homeland Security officials and House lawmaker pledge to fix flawed system for paying contract guards.

Senate contracting reform bill wins support

Hearing witnesses express concerns over details of Senate measure, but generally applaud the effort.

House panel to take up bill to block outsourcing of tax collections

Democrats argue debt collection is an inherently governmental job and cite privacy concerns, but they are unlikely to win the GOP’s support.

House slogs its way through spending bill earmark fights

Members take up Labor-HHS spending bill, which exceeds President Bush’s request by nearly $13 billion.

Contract security guard program to see changes

Agency chief to announce reforms to make billing more efficient; lawmaker seeks better vetting of companies.

People line up outside the U.S. Passport Office in Washington.

House backs bill to boost hiring for passport processing

Measure would allow State Department to rehire retirees to help with influx of applications.

Cheney's office logs victory in spending bill fight

Committee votes by narrow margin to strike language that would have withheld funding for the vice president’s office pending compliance with executive order.

Special counsel takes heat for personal e-mail use

Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., chides Office of Special Counsel chief Scott Bloch for offering commentary on work issues using a personal account.

More funding urged for SSA disability processing

Appropriators went beyond President Bush’s request but still fell short of the sum needed to make a dent in backlog of cases, group says.