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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Status check: 2006 appropriations bills almost complete

Capitol Hill is seeing its seasonal flurry of activity as Congress tries to wrap up its work on several fiscal 2006 appropriations bills that must pass so the rest of the government can get to work in the new year.

Before going home for the Thanksgiving holiday, Congress passed a second continuing resolution keeping the government open until Dec. 17. Two spending bills - the Defense bill (HR 2863) and the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education departments and related agencies bill (HR 3010) - remain unfinished heading into the last few weeks of the 109th congressional session, and more than two months into fiscal 2006.

Of note:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement - $40.2 million for systems modernization
Labor - $6.2 million for new core accounting system
Justice - $10 million for a unified financial-management system administered by the Unified Financial Management System Executive Council
OPM - $1.4 million for the E-Payroll project; $1.4 million for the Human Resources Line of Business effort.

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