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VA info security chief says he had impossible task

Pedro Cadenas, who abruptly resigned his post, says in more than three years on job, he lacked authority to make substantive changes.

Industry seeks to avoid patchwork of chemical security standards

House bill would give DHS oversight of about 15,000 chemical plants, with authority to rank and assess them based on risk.

Defense IG to release reports on interagency contracting problems

Reports also will detail Anti-Deficiency Act violations; acquisition panel calls regulatory framework sufficient to handle “bad apples.”

New Smithsonian inspector general to report to board

Previous IG resigned earlier this month in the midst of an investigation into Smithsonian salaries, expenses and business ventures.

Program to verify workers’ immigration status shows promise

Lawmaker concerned that the program could provide inaccurate results once it is expanded to more employers.

Reverse Pay Parity

Military advocates could find themselves in the unusual position of having to argue that soldiers deserve as high a raise as civilian federal employees.

Stolen equipment holding veterans’ records recovered

Preliminary investigation reveals that the data is intact and has not been accessed since early May theft.

Commerce secretary attacks use of ‘amnesty’ in immigration debate

President Bush’s proposal would only allow illegal immigrants to become citizens after clearing hurdles, Gutierrez says.

Coast Guard authorization bill sails through House panel

Bill would allow service to be on a path to modernization in 15, rather than 25, years.

Senate approves Wall Street executive as new Treasury chief

Henry Paulson has pledged to trim the budget deficit and push China to reform its currency policy.