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Mixed personnel systems can help uphold merit principles

Managers say having employees under traditional civil service rules blended with those in more flexible systems embeds a culture of merit.

Number of federal jobs opened to contractors to jump this year

Agencies plan to announce public-private competitions for more than 25,000 positions in fiscal 2006, OMB says.

Immigration enforcers want to mine databases

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff wants Congress to pass legislation letting ICE investigators access Social Security data.

Political climate unfriendly to ID devices, backers say

Advocates argue that radio-frequency identification technology would dramatically benefit the nation’s security infrastructure.

Medicare surpassing goals for prescription drug benefit enrollment

Officials say they still plan to press for millions more to sign up in the 25 days remaining.

Senate to debate war funding next week

Fiscal conservatives have objected to bill’s $106.5 billion price tag.

Birthday Wishes

At 70, the Federal Register really could use a makeover.

Union pushes for more telework at Justice agency

Only nine out of more than 800 agency employees represented by the union would be allowed to telework under an ATF proposal.

Labor and State performance reports earn top ratings

Annual evaluations by policy institute measure quality of reports rather than performance outcomes.

DHS to look at alternatives to defend jets from missiles

So far program has been aimed at adapting military technology, but a new solicitation indicates DHS is expanding its options.