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People line up outside the U.S. Passport Office in Washington.

House backs bill to boost hiring for passport processing

Measure would allow State Department to rehire retirees to help with influx of applications.

Cheney's office logs victory in spending bill fight

Committee votes by narrow margin to strike language that would have withheld funding for the vice president’s office pending compliance with executive order.

Special counsel takes heat for personal e-mail use

Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., chides Office of Special Counsel chief Scott Bloch for offering commentary on work issues using a personal account.

More funding urged for SSA disability processing

Appropriators went beyond President Bush’s request but still fell short of the sum needed to make a dent in backlog of cases, group says.

Labor-HHS, transportation spending bills advance

Measures overshoot President Bush's spending targets for fiscal 2008 by $16 billion, which will surely result in a veto fight.

Administration’s financial management chief to retire

Linda Combs helped update inventory of excess property, guided agencies in reducing payment errors.

Cheney standoff with Democrats extends to spending bill

Bills to fund the Treasury, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Labor, and Health and Human Services departments start making their way through Senate.

Senator criticizes GSA plans to cut office supply program

A group of lawmakers, led by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., says the move would hurt small companies and hamper disaster recovery efforts.

Justice IG calls for jurisdiction over attorneys

Lack of authority to oversee attorneys could impede ethics investigations, IG tells lawmakers.

Appropriator outlines fast pace for remaining spending bills

Anticipated debates over a new farm bill and reauthorizing the State Children's Health Insurance Program will compete for time with the spending measures.