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Definition of 'inherently governmental' could change

A high-level panel reviewing federal outsourcing policy is working to better define when and why federal jobs can be considered inherently governmental, Comptroller General David Walker said in an interview this week.

Pentagon acquisition boss moves to help contractors

The Defense Department will no longer force contractors to shoulder part of the cost of Pentagon research and development projects, Pete Aldridge, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said Wednesday.

Mismanagement 'shocking,' says outgoing Senate panel chair

Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., Tuesday issued a comprehensive report detailing management problems in the government as a whole and at individual agencies, imploring the Bush administration to address the situation.

FEMA director has a tough act to follow

The new head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has the unenviable task of filling the waders of James Lee Witt, who was often on the scene wherever floods and other natural disasters struck.

Experts offer advice on picking up the appointments pace

As many of President Bush's appointees continue to languish in the nominations process, a half-dozen experts offer their advice on how to speed things up.