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Lawmakers move to extend ethics requirements

Bill would extend cooling-off period for political appointees and procurement officials.

Former acquisition official at Defense agency sentenced to 11 years

Ex-official accepted kickbacks in exchange for contracts.

House lawmaker aims to boost money for grants

Member says he will fight Bush’s decision to eliminate funding for grants to help emergency response groups pay for personnel.

Faking It

A coalition of managers’ groups wants to end sick leave abuse by compensating workers for unused days.

Key legislator decries Pentagon budget crunch

House member suggests another base-closure round as one way of remedying the problem.

Pentagon business systems acquisition overhaul due shortly

Revamp, designed to encourage speedier purchases of such systems, will be announced within the next month.

Navy works to stall submarine deal with Taiwan

Agency supports deal publicly, but said to have set up barriers to make the submarines economically unattractive to Taiwan.

Progress cutting improper payments may be overstated

Medicare program drove reported reductions for 2005, but improvement may be mostly on paper, GAO official says.