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House GOP proposes $74 billion in spending cuts

Proposal from Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., includes surprise cut of $16 billion for defense and other security programs.

White House seeks to bust myths about talking to contractors

Memo stresses that so long as officials follow ethics rules, early communication with vendors can help agencies craft stronger solicitations.

Air Force tanker bids due next week

Much-anticipated contract award could come in late February or early March.

Senate probe finds gaps persist in preventing domestic attacks

Report on 2009 terrorist attack at Fort Hood, Texas, faults FBI and Defense Department for not taking sufficient action to identify and prevent terrorist plots.

Lawmaker proposes ban on TSA collective bargaining

Airport screeners are seeking union representation and bargaining privileges.

OMB’s Jeff Zients briefed reporters on Thursday.

Contracting spending dips for the first time in 13 years

Government spent $15 billion less on contracts in fiscal 2010 than in fiscal 2009.

From Nextgov.com: Army taps Second Life for troop and family support

Virtual resiliency center will offer everything from exercise classes to tools for coping with the stress of multiple deployments.

Pentagon issued millions in contracts to suspended and debarred vendors

Report found Defense awarded nearly $5.4 million to negligent contractors between fiscal 2006 and fiscal 2009.

Army suspends all ongoing insourcing plans

Army Secretary John McHugh calls for a more comprehensive and analytical approach to bringing jobs back in-house.

Civilian agencies lag behind Defense on contract audits

Backlogs with federal auditors spur some agencies to seek support from more expensive private sector contractors.

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