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Panel passes bill to increase benefits and hiring incentives

Measure includes recruitment and retention bonuses, comp time and enhanced vacation benefits for mid-career hires.

Postal unions raise concerns about Senate reform bill

Draft legislation includes a provision that could reduce compensation for postal employees injured on the job.

Army provides no funds for vaccine care centers

The service hasn't budgeted any money in fiscal 2005 for centers that treat soldiers with complications from military-administered vaccines.

Plan to recruit nurses to VA jobs wins backing

House subcommittee approves a measure that would test use of professional recruiters and advertisers.

Healthy Skepticism

A federal employee union fights a lonely battle against the VA's plan to close and consolidate hospitals.

NIH under fire for alleged conflicts of interest

Reports conclude that agency scientists have taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from private firms over the past decade.

Nuclear agency managers among diploma mill users

National Nuclear Security Administration officials said Tuesday that the bogus degrees would not affect the managers' job status.

Senate panel to give diploma mills the third degree

While investigating fake degree-granting institutions, GAO auditors obtained two diplomas under a Senate leader's name.

Mixed Messages?

Administration officials praise federal employees, but union officials say actions speak louder than words.

Senate panel backs 3.5 percent military pay raise

Subcommittee also votes to implement a health care program for Guard and Reserve troops.