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Defense to weigh merging 'overhead' operations

The Defense Department will look at consolidating various operations and experiment with new financial management techniques as part of an ongoing effort to overhaul business operations.

White House rejects order to use printing office

Congress on Thursday ordered executive branch agencies to continue to use the Government Printing Office for most printing services. But the White House Friday said agencies can ignore the order.

Ethics office launches inquiry into procurement practices

The Office of Government Ethics has launched an informal inquiry into potential conflicts of interest and ethical problems involving federal agencies and the companies that do business with them.

White House balks at Senate confirmation for e-gov chief

The White House supports legislation that would create an e-government chief’s position at OMB, but Bush officials are balking at a provision that requires the official to be confirmed by the Senate.

New job competition process to be tested on IT workers

Federal information technology workers will likely be guinea pigs for a new public-private job competition process developed by the Bush administration.

Ban on outsourcing targets may not apply to Defense

Legislation that would prevent agencies from setting numerical targets for outsourcing federal jobs may not apply to the Defense Department, a Defense official said Monday.

Technology firms await homeland security spending boom

The federal technology market has expanded in the past year, but firms are still waiting for the homeland security spending surge to translate into contract dollars.