Some senior staff members say Jackson urged them to “consider presidential supporters” for contracts.
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Fifth annual Service to America awards ceremony honors high-flying feds.
Negotiators cut Defense bill language canceling Walter Reed outsourcing; garrison requests bridge staff for transition.
Bill would require stricter enforcement of 20-day deadline for responding to requests for information.
House passed the measure by a comfortable margin, but time is running out for the Senate to act.
Defense and Homeland Security are the only departments likely to see spending bills passed before the new fiscal year starts Sunday.
Republicans are gaining ground in the polls, likely boosted by focus on terrorism and falling gasoline prices.
Compromise measure includes drug importation language, provision allowing DHS to regulate chemical industry security.