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OMB looks to boost use of interagency contracts

Survey indicates there may be nearly four times as many single-agency contract arrangements in use as there are interagency ones.

Officials debate threshold for reporting payment errors

Discussions center on the definition of “significant” risk; officials urge legal changes to let agencies share payment information.

OMB chief: Administration won’t box in GOP legislators

Rob Portman will seek to find common ground with Democrats and Republicans in areas including the likely-to-be-tight 2008 budget.

Funding may be a sticking point for FBI tech upgrade

Sentinel project to build a modern case management system could face a budget shortfall if appropriators don’t grant bureau’s request, auditors say.

Arrests resulting from DHS investigations on the rise

Number of complaints received by the inspector general’s office has decreased significantly, however.

Mailers decry inaction on postal overhaul measure

Pending legislation would alter rate-setting procedures, but prospects for passage in the waning days of the lame-duck session are slim.

Key Democrat criticizes Republicans for stalling on spending bills

Punting appropriations bills into next year could have repercussions even for action on President Bush’s fiscal 2008 budget.

House Dems push EPA to postpone library closures

Plan to change how services are delivered requires time for scrutiny and public comment, congressional staffer says.

GSA weighs placing policy office under congressional affairs

Employees told that the move would not substantially change the policy operation.

Investigators probe DHS manager's scheme to fake immigration papers

Immigration official admits to taking bribes from Asian immigrants seeking citizenship, agrees to participate in ongoing investigation.