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Obama halts new offshore drilling but defends plan

Coastal state Democrats call on the president to reconsider drilling strategy in light of Gulf Coast accident and oil spill.

Senator stands firm on consumer protection bureau

Proposed agency is an obstacle in gaining enough Republican votes to pass a bill overhauling the financial regulatory system.

Contracting program to help the disadvantaged riddled with fraud

GAO finds yacht-owning, Lamborghini-driving executives winning millions in 8(a) Business Development Program deals.

From Nextgov.com: VA finds bug that caused mix-up in health exchange system

Glitch that combined patient data or returned incomplete files should be fixed in May.

House speaker urges vigilance on spending oversight

Letter reiterates request for panel leaders to make lists of redundant and unnecessary programs.

GAO uncovers use of counterfeit parts in military equipment

Watchdog says the Pentagon is unable to determine extent of the problem in its supply chain.

Democrats unveil bill blocking election advertising by contractors

Legislation also would prohibit spending on campaign expenditures by Troubled Asset Relief Program recipients.

From Nextgov.com: Financial regulatory agencies seek to upgrade IT systems

CFTC and SEC request enough money to meet potential responsibilities under new reform bill.

VA is exceeding veteran contracting goals, says watchdog

But the department is making limited progress in ensuring proper screening of veteran-owned small businesses.

Sen. Daniel Akaka’s bill would make programs for bosses mandatory.

OPM notes strides in training managers as legislation gathers steam

Unions and government groups back bill to expand instruction on mentoring, productivity and other issues.