Congressional efforts to strengthen 1989 law said to have bipartisan support.
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Theresa Shaw, whose Education Department office is under scrutiny for its oversight efforts, was covered by special performance-based pay system.
The lowdown on how your basic retirement benefit is determined.
Ad campaigns and proactive job fair appearances are among the strategies being used to attract a diverse applicant pool.
Another federal organization that was supposed to be a model of personnel reform faces scrutiny.
Senior official tells lawmakers the department is learning from poor results on a 2006 federal workforce survey.
Panel keeps provision to roll back aspects of controversial new civilian personnel system.
Administration says measure would interfere with the department's management authority, hinder the department's ability to conduct missions and conflict with the fiscal 2008 budget request.
Training and educational incentives including loan repayments are also helpful, panelists say.
GOP staffers may seek to reverse action in full committee markup.