Senior officials at the Federal Aviation Administration are looking into the pay cap controversy.
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About 3,000 of the nearly 7,000 top civil service executives now are eligible for salary hikes to nearly $160,000 a year.
Bill allows the FBI to set up an intelligence career path and creates scholarships to encourage students to enter the field.
Legislation includes financial literacy language.
Only those with certified performance systems can boost pay rates to new base cap.
While employees must pay entire cost, pre-tax dollars may be used.
Lawmakers, aides and observers say Congress will override the latest White House proposal to cap the pay raise.
An FAA employee is leading a group of long-term employees who are unhappy with the distribution of a pay cap.
Agencies warn that not complying with personnel reform could fracture the civil service.
Plan is evidence of "low value" President Bush places on civil service workers, union leader says.