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Who’s the Boss?

Federal workers answer to the Constitution.

FEMA urged to improve grants management

Officials acknowledge the need to do better in this area, as well as in contracting; director points to progress in hiring.

How HUD got off 'high-risk' list

Officials say information technology was central to improvements in rental housing assistance and single-family mortgage aid.

VA info security upgrade just getting started, auditors say

A decentralized, nonstandard IT system defies easy fixes, official tells lawmakers.

White House hands over more climate change documents

House panel requested the information as part of a probe into potential attempts to alter scientific reports on global warming.

Budget office outlines range of options on spending, revenue

Eliminating future combat program to fight rising defense costs would save $62 billion over the next decade, office estimates.

House leader to seek boost in health premium subsidy

Steny Hoyer, D-Md., again backs measure that would raise the share of premiums covered by the government from 72 percent to 80 percent.

GSA works to restore contracting relationship with Pentagon

The agency is coordinating with the Defense comptroller to reinforce proper management of department funds, among other steps.

White collar crime specialist discusses swell in ethics prosecutions

New rules could be on horizon for government contractors, former federal official says.

Appropriators ask HUD to fix Gulf Coast funding glitch

Spokeswoman says the agency is ready to work with lawmakers to resolve the issue.