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Social Capital

In emergency situations, informal relationships can be as critical as formal ones.

Implementation cited as biggest obstacle to personnel reforms

Many policies already in place are underused, observers say.

Most agencies meet first ‘strategic sourcing’ deadline

Initiative requires analyzing three types of major purchases to find ways to cut better deals.

Expansion of alien removal policy could create logistical headaches

Broader use of "expedited removal" authority would also present resource questions, congressional researchers find.

Air Force chief vows crackdown on cost overruns

In tight budget environment, agency will look for ways to cut back.

Davis-Bacon dispute highlights long-running debate over contractor wages

One of President Bush's first steps in response to Hurricane Katrina was to suspend the law that governs the wages of workers who construct federal facilities.

Systems cannot combat flu pandemic, health officials say

Problem is not tracking influenza but getting critical information on outbreaks to doctors and local emergency responders.

Senators seek larger role in first responder negotiations

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee leaders want seat in House-Senate talks on funding formula.