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Several competitive sourcing provisions dropped from Defense bill

Negotiators cut Defense bill language canceling Walter Reed outsourcing; garrison requests bridge staff for transition.

House panel votes to ease access to federal records

Bill would require stricter enforcement of 20-day deadline for responding to requests for information.

OMB chief urges action on revised line-item veto bill

House passed the measure by a comfortable margin, but time is running out for the Senate to act.

Appropriations leaders urge against catch-all spending bill

Defense and Homeland Security are the only departments likely to see spending bills passed before the new fiscal year starts Sunday.

VA installs encryption software on thousands of laptops

Department’s acting CIO says personally owned computers used for work remain a security risk.

OMB enlists bloggers’ aid in pushing management agenda

Move comes as President Bush signs blogger-backed bill to create Web site tracking federal spending.

Officials forgo Supreme Court appeal in DHS labor case

The Homeland Security Department will reenter talks with unions to plan a new system that fits within legal requirements.

Chertoff: Immigrant detention facilities under strain

Contingency contract allowing construction of more detention centers may be invoked, officials say.

GAO questions savings estimates for Defense Travel System

The Pentagon disagrees with finding that moving employees to other jobs does not count toward savings.

OMB chief talks management

Rob Portman addresses issues on the 'M' side of his agency for the first time publicly.