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Millions in Iraq contracts obligated to ‘dummy vendor’

Inspectors find no foul play; say 96 contracts were not properly obligated and will be lost at end of month.

Groups join to advocate more FDA funding

Agency's appropriations have not kept pace with those of its sister agencies, former HHS secretary says.

Congress agrees to merger of GSA funds

Bill’s enactment would allow the agency to finish combining two procurement organizations.

Guidelines for financial consolidation draw fire

Document lacks clarity and may allow agencies to outsource federal jobs without competition, labor union officials argue.

Public service academy effort gains bipartisan support

Republican Sen. Arlen Specter signs on at the last minute, rounding out sponsorship.

Commerce reports loss of more than 1,100 laptops over 5 years

Some of the computers, primarily at the Census Bureau, held personal information.

Commerce secretary works to help tourism industry

Carlos Gutierrez is bringing industry’s concerns to the State and Homeland Security departments.

Auditors detail flaws in VA budget process

Department should better justify savings projections, fully comply with congressional reporting requirements, investigators find.

Merit board rejects appeal of ex-Park Police chief’s firing

Despite loss, Teresa Chambers and her attorneys welcome chance to take case to federal court.

Senate panel passes FOIA request bill

Among other things, measure calls for stricter enforcement of 20-day deadline for providing some kind of response to requests.