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Panel seeks advice on boosting diversity in senior ranks

Possibilities include training for women and minorities earlier in their careers, inclusion of diversity efforts in performance reviews.

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Taxpayer advocate again raps private debt collection effort

Report comes as House panel backs bill to strip the IRS of the authority to outsource collections.

House passes Labor-HHS spending bill with veto threat looming

Measure exceeds President Bush’s request by $12.5 billion, or 8.8 percent – the biggest difference in any of the appropriations bills.

Lawmaker presses OSC chief to hand over e-mails

Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., wants more information on any work-related messages Special Counsel Scott Bloch sent via a personal account.

Union seeks mandatory bargaining over mail delivery contracting

Labor groups say requirement would eliminate need for congressional intervention; Postal Service argues existing avenues to address disputes are adequate.

A plane lands near an air traffic control tower at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Controllers at busiest airports retiring in large numbers

New analysis shows breakdown in contract talks has led to jump in controller retirements.

IRS to spend $13.2 million on headquarters flood recovery

Agency avoided using any new appropriations and followed contracting rules, auditors find.

Pay reform, recruiting cited as top personnel challenges

Officials caution against implementing a "one-size-fits-all" approach.

GAO, union reach agreement to hold election

Agency affirms the eligibility of certain employees to organize in exchange for the withdrawal of an unfair labor practice charge.

Senators consider steps to enforce small business goals

Witnesses say there aren’t enough measures to hold agencies accountable for failing to reach 23 percent target.