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Defense purchases of services rise sharply

GAO auditors say competition and contract oversight are important to secure best deals for the Pentagon.

Lawyer for GSA chief argues investigative agency is biased

Agency should “disapprove” draft report concluding Lurita Doan violated the Hatch Act, attorney says.

OPM pushes Homeland Security to move on pay for performance

Department has made progress on personnel reforms, but should begin basing pay on quality of work, report says.

Senate panel moves to scale back Pentagon personnel system

Armed Services Committee votes to repeal portions of the Pentagon's personnel system, amid rigorous lobbying from federal labor unions.

Early special counsel report pushed punishment for GSA chief

Later version softened the edge, leaving it to President Bush to determine how to handle alleged Hatch Act violations.

Union criticizes report backing NASA workforce flexibilities

Group charges that until the agency receives more funding, its missions and workforce remain at risk.

NASA official grilled on destruction of meeting videos

General counsel says he broke DVDs to prevent them from becoming public records.

Investigators focused on Doan's role in a Jan. 26 meeting at GSA headquarters that included a presentation by a deputy of Karl Rove.

Special counsel finds GSA chief violated Hatch Act

Lurita Doan challenges some of report’s findings, has until June 1 to respond officially.

Recording raises questions about tax collection calls

Companies calling on behalf of IRS are limited by privacy restrictions, industry official tells lawmakers.

House Dems increase spending, challenge administration

White House signals it will not give in easily on spending later this year, particularly if Democrats are able to force a change in direction on Iraq policy.