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Molly M. Peterson

Defense

Dems seeking retroactive coverage for hurricane victims

House and Senate last week approved emergency legislation to increase FEMA's borrowing authority from $3.5 billion to $18.5 billion to pay flood insurance claims related to hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Defense

Panel criticizes FEMA's handling of flood insurance program

Agency accused of failing to implement program overhaul enacted nearly 16 months ago.

Defense

Senate bid fails to hike emergency responders funding

Senate Budget chairman says the federal government has spent $2 billion to fix the communication problem among first responders.

Pay & Benefits

Ex-TSP chief says private Social Security accounts face steep challenge

Bush administration's plan for establishing personal accounts is "not feasible," says Francis Cavanaugh.

Management

Reducing patent backlog could take years, agency official says

Recent hiring surge won't begin to have an impact for several years.

News

FCC Chairman Powell announces resignation

His four-year term was dominated by deregulation and indecency debates.

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Senate orientation will aim to bridge partisan divide

Two Senate Republicans and two Democrats are working with leadership to imbue the four-day program with more of a "retreat" atmosphere.

News

Federal bank examiners could get new post-employment restrictions

Bipartisan bill calls for for "cooling off period" before certain examiners could work for financial institutions they had overseen.

Management

IT groups back temporary patent office user fee boost

Supporters say the bill would enable the agency to fund its strategic plan for cutting the backlog of patent applications.

Defense

House chair calls for single anti-money laundering agency

Rep. Sue Kelly, R-N.Y., laments "vast expanse of bureaucracies" that are currently responsible for seeking to cut off terrorist financing.

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Fate of omnibus bill unclear as House, Senate plan brief return

The House is scheduled to take up the huge spending bill next week. The Senate will also convene to try to pass the measure, but several senators will likely seek to block the effort.

Management

Patent Office chief questioned about alleged lobbying

Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., Wednesday asked Patent and Trademark Office Director James Rogan to respond to allegations that "some" in his agency are lobbying to move the agency outside the budget process.