Office of Personnel Management originally indicated that Foreign Service members would not be eligible under new regulations.
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Linda Springer would be the administration’s lead official on human resources issues.
The federal government is spending more money on performance bonuses.
Pentagon officials said difficulties are being addressed, and will be ultimately solved by the Defense Travel System.
Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said the Defense Department should build trust if it wants the new National Security Personnel System to succeed.
Defense officials tell Senators that more information will emerge during upcoming "meet and confer" period.
About 15 percent of civil service workforce will be transferred or paid to leave by end of fiscal 2006.
Federal personnel officials will get together with union negotiators Thursday to iron out the details of the meet and confer period.
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas, R-Calif., is a powerful voice against a bill that could save federal retirees an average of $400 annually.