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House votes to bar IRS from outsourcing tax collection

Provision prohibits the use of private sector debt collectors.

Lawmakers question policy on transportation security information

Recent events spur interest in reviewing how DHS and TSA apply the “sensitive security information” designation.

Senators unveil bipartisan intelligence overhaul bill

Measure would create a national intelligence director with considerable budget and personnel authority.

Appropriators seek to avoid long-term temporary funding measure

Agencies are already jockeying for exemptions from a continuing resolution that would temporarily freeze budgets at fiscal 2004 levels on Oct. 1.

GSA wins qualified praise for progress on new telecom contract

Industry observers are watching closely as agency develops follow-on to FTS 2001.

Panel mandates aviation security tech upgrades

Bill mandates that the Transportation Security Administration incorporate advanced technologies such as iris scanners, explosive-detection systems, wireless devices and blast-resistant cargo and baggage containers.

Parsing the Polls

The presidential election remains closer than most people realize.

IT groups back temporary patent office user fee boost

Supporters say the bill would enable the agency to fund its strategic plan for cutting the backlog of patent applications.

Forest Service PR plan called legal

Agency broke no laws in paying a public relations firm to promote its plan to triple logging in Sierra Nevada forests, GAO says.

Policy leaders offer advice for tackling security clearance backlog

Officials agree reform is needed, but differ over where power should reside.

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