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NSA program broader than previously described

Warrantless eavesdropping involves analyzing far-reaching web of communications data.

Report: Poor planning hurt hurricane contracting

Advance preparation and more contract oversight are needed to prevent waste, GAO reviewers conclude.

Lawmakers consider seeking review of plans for Tricare fee hike

Key House member acknowledges rising costs, but says he is concerned that increase would be a burden on retirees.

Long-Term Leaders

Lawmakers are intrigued by government’s success in convincing federal employees to sign up for long-term care insurance.

House panel approves DHS management changes

Members hold off on considering merger of ICE and CBP, stronger protections for homeland security whistleblowers.

Panel weighs proposal to digitize federal employee health records

Effort would be funded through an OPM account and eventual savings from technology; premiums would not rise.

OMB: Questions remain in effort to consolidate financial systems

Practical matters, including who pays if an agency switches service providers, still need to be worked out, officials say.

Line-item veto power found to have minimal effect on spending

Despite advocacy for veto power, presidents rarely use their rescission authority, CBO official says.