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SBA official opposes proposed disaster lending reforms

House bill would let private lenders process SBA loans, require a response plan that addresses past staffing and logistical problems.

Coast Guard aims to hire more contract oversight officials

Agency has already recruited more people to ensure better management of fleet modernization, IG says.

Dems seek funding boost for Afghanistan, domestic programs

Bill would set a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq by next fall; White House threatens a veto.

Guarding the Purse Strings

Members of Congress are making the earmark process more transparent, but they’re still asserting their authority to direct money to special projects.

GSA acquisition chief may face steep learning curve

Critics say Molly Wilkinson lacks the necessary experience to succeed as the chief acquisition officer.

Rail representatives rip DHS grants bureaucracy

Amtrak inspector general highlights vast differences between airport and ground transit security.

Defense officials catalog acquisition initiatives

Many of the programs listed in a report to Congress reflect long-running department efforts or implement basic concepts.

Labor leaders seek permanent job competition limits

Union officials urge House panel to renew restrictions on competition from private firms for federal work, and make pitch for higher pay raise.

FOIA reform bill moves through House subcommittee

Legislation would pressure agencies to meet deadline to respond to information requests within 20 days.

Lawmakers say TSA whistleblower rights provision goes too far

If language in a rail security bill is enacted, whistleblowers could gain an unfair advantage in cases alleging retaliation, panel members say.