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Spousal Benefits

The federal government provides a very generous benefit for surviving spouses.

Senate panel votes to double size of border force

More than 10,000 Customs and Border Patrol agents would be added, and fences along the border would be upgraded.

Line-item veto might hitch ride on lobbying overhaul bill

Appropriators likely to resist language allowing president to strike specific items from tax or spending bills and seek an up-or-down vote.

Senate panel narrowly approves fiscal 2007 budget plan

Blueprint would boost discretionary spending about 3.6 percent over this year, with the bulk of the increase going toward defense.

As reservists come home, Pentagon shifts burden to regular forces

National Guard and Reserve troops filled the gap in Iraq while the regular Army underwent a radical overhaul.

House panel postpones work on Homeland Security authorization bill

Republicans, Democrats at odds over process for crafting the legislation.

Military contractor ordered to pay $10M for Iraq overcharging

Jury finds firm defrauded U.S. government on reconstruction contract.

OPM sets personnel management goals through 2010

Simplified plan focuses on decreasing wait-time for agency services.