Even among Republicans on Capitol Hill, the Bush administration’s push for sweeping personnel reform still has only qualified backing.
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If Senate followed House plan, Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, would end up losing her subcommittee chairmanship.
Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, wants to see the results of efforts at Homeland Security and Defense before taking reform governmentwide.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer wants the government to pay a higher percentage of health insurance premiums.
Several officials tell Senate subcommittee that extensive training is needed if overhaul of system is to succeed.
Unions plan to file lawsuit alleging Defense officials violated mandate requiring collaboration with employee groups in developing personnel system.
Plan to eliminate subcommmittees keeps military personnel accounts within the Defense appropriations bill.
In reorganization, Rep. Jon Porter, R-Nev., will lead new Federal Workforce and Agency Organization Subcommittee.
Union official less optimistic about equal pay increases for military service members and civil servants in 2006.
President’s budget includes 3.1 percent pay raise for service members, 2.3 percent average increase for civilian employees.