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House chairman asks agencies to probe Blackwater

At issue is whether the company can declare that its security guards are independent contractors, not employees.

Defense, VA lay out plans to improve health care for wounded soldiers

For now, families must navigate a stovepiped system with "a fistful of business cards," says father of a wounded soldier.

Legislation would allow more feds to cash out sick leave at retirement

Civil servants under the Federal Employees Retirement System could receive a one-time payment up to $10,000.

Getting Social

Ten things you should know about Social Security.

Feds need more respect, better benefits, says congressman

Maryland Democrat tells union members that federal workforce is at the forefront of change in policy, labor.

Retirement Track

The Office of Personnel Management wants to give federal employees more resources to plan for retirement.

Nonprofit launches leadership institute for federal managers

Partnership for Public Service says seven-month program will address inadequate management skills.

House revisits paid leave for federal parents

Legislation would provide feds with eight weeks of leave for the birth or adoption of a child.

House committee calls for military-civilian pay parity

Budget Committee passes resolution supporting equal pay for federal employees and military personnel in 2009.

Homeland Security, union officials honor fallen customs officers

Over the past 200 years, 111 officers in the Customs, Immigration and Agriculture Inspection Services have died on the job.