Proposal from Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., includes surprise cut of $16 billion for defense and other security programs.
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Memo stresses that so long as officials follow ethics rules, early communication with vendors can help agencies craft stronger solicitations.
Much-anticipated contract award could come in late February or early March.
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.
Airport screeners are seeking union representation and bargaining privileges.
Government spent $15 billion less on contracts in fiscal 2010 than in fiscal 2009.
Virtual resiliency center will offer everything from exercise classes to tools for coping with the stress of multiple deployments.
Report found Defense awarded nearly $5.4 million to negligent contractors between fiscal 2006 and fiscal 2009.
Army Secretary John McHugh calls for a more comprehensive and analytical approach to bringing jobs back in-house.
Backlogs with federal auditors spur some agencies to seek support from more expensive private sector contractors.