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GSA upgrades purchasing Web site

New system allows buyers to search by category, which may shorten buying time.

House lawmaker to renew challenge of job competition rules

Democrat is again introducing language that would force Bush administration to rethink competitive sourcing guidelines.

Democrats discuss potential obstacles to oversight of Iraq contracts

Concerns raised over contractor’s role in maintaining a central database of government purchase information.

Senator renews attacks on revised version of job competition rules

Senate panel supports a measure to repeal the revised version of Circular A-76, the Bush administration’s rule book on competitive sourcing.

Senate seeks to halt competition for immigration jobs

White House threatens to veto the spending bill over the provision, which mirrors one passed by the House over the summer.

Pentagon encourages environmentally friendly acquisitions

New guidelines push Pentagon officials to buy recycled products.

Offshore corporations could have edge in contracts

Report says contractors in tax havens pay less in federal taxes, giving them a potential advantage in bidding for federal contracts.

GSA to make new procurement database widely accessible

Critics see contractor’s role in administering the database as problematic.

Senior Defense contracting officer, three others, indicted for corruption

Government purchase card allegedly used to award more than $11 million in irregular contracts.

Forest Service catches breath on competitive sourcing

After finishing a large contest for technology work, the agency is settling into a more moderate job competition pace.