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Defense rule tightens use of long-term contracts

Multiyear contracts have to wait for funding from congressional appropriations process.

Pentagon proposes to close 33 major bases

Recommendations also include realigning 29 major facilities; other bases will gain troops.

Border Patrol seeks more personnel, might enlist citizen patrols

CBP Commissioner Robert Bonner says thousands of more border guards are needed.

Familiar names show up on Army's closure list

Some of the service's oldest and best-known bases are slated to be shuttered or restructured.

BRAC plan likely to prompt strong fight in Northeast

Large facilities in Connecticut, Maine and New Jersey slated for closure, with thousands of jobs at stake.

Defense proposes major consolidation of finance services

The recommendation would involve closing 21 Defense Finance and Accounting Service facilities.

E-mail message spurs concern over OMB competitive sourcing tactics

Union officials worry OMB is pressuring the Forest Service to meet numerical targets.

Showdown looms between appropriators, homeland panel

At issue is provision in fiscal 2006 Homeland Security spending bill not to fund President Bush's proposal to create a new office for coordinating screening efforts.

Fight over patent fee diversion drags on

Lawsuit alleges congressional practice is pushing Patent and Trademark Office to a point of operational crisis.