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Lowering the Bar

Lawmakers blast a Homeland Security proposal that would lower the standard of proof needed to discipline or fire an employee.

Senator calls for independent Homeland appeals board

A senior Republican senator Wednesday called for a fair and transparent in-house appeals board in the new Homeland Security Department personnel system.

Federal labor leaders' salaries lag behind trade association execs'

While the top executives of the country’s biggest trade associations make well over $1 million per year in total compensation, labor union officials -- especially those representing federal employees -- take home far less in compensation, according to a National Journal survey.

Key legislators stand firm on military-civilian pay parity

Washington-area House lawmakers continue to support military-civilian pay parity, despite recent calls from the Bush administration and a House Appropriations Committee member to limit the 2005 civil service pay raise.

Shattered Dreams

Federal labor unions' measured support for Homeland Security personnel reforms is giving way to angry denunciations.