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Senate panel weighs urgency of intelligence reforms

September 8, 2004 The Senate Select Intelligence Committee peppered 9/11 commission members Tuesday with questions about on the merits of their recommendations and the urgency of the proposals' implementation. With 19 days remaining in the congressional session, many senators on the committee questioned whether the commission's recommendations, along with the regular work of...

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OPM prepares for aftermath of Hurricane Frances

September 3, 2004 As Hurricane Frances bears down on the Florida coast, the Office of Personnel Management issued a memo Thursday encouraging managers to grant excused absences to employees asked to help with law enforcement and the inevitable cleanup. The memo stated that OPM's actions would be consistent with those of last month's...

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Customs and Border Protection canine nominated for top dog award

September 2, 2004 The Bureau of Customs and Border Protection is urging people to vote "Trouble," the top U.S. service dog in the Pedigree Paws to Recognize contest. A member of the CBP elite Agriculture Inspection Beagle Brigade, Trouble is following in the footsteps of last year's winner, the CBP narcotic detector Labrador...

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Agencies urged to develop teleworker corps for emergency situations

September 1, 2004 The Office of Personnel Management released updated emergency guides last week, emphasizing the need for agencies to have plans for employees to work from home during emergencies. OPM also released guides for the families of federal employees and managers. The udpated emergency preparedness guides from OPM stress the need for...

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Offshore corporations could have edge in contracts

August 31, 2004 Corporations located in tax-haven countries such as the British Virgin Islands hold an advantage in bidding for federal contracts because they pay lower taxes, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. The report, "International Taxation: Tax Haven Companies Were More Likely to Have a Tax Cost Advantage in Federal...