Proponents of the National Security Personnel System hope to ensure it survives the presidential transition.
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Feds would get four weeks of paid time off for birth or adoption of a child; veto threat looms.
Nominees recognized for their work in science, technology and human rights issues.
Budget and staffing woes blamed for dangerous security gaps at federal buildings.
Bill would let federal employees use their accrued sick leave for an additional eight weeks of paid leave.
Move follows authorization of equal increase for military.
Documents show agency balked at providing "nonpunitive" environment for reporting errors and risks.
A guide to forms you should gather and things you should do before and after your retirement date.
Bill also limits funding for new DHS personnel system.
Record-high gas prices cited in push for an increase.