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From Nextgov.com: HHS names Parks as chief technology officer

The co-founder of a physician management software firm says he plans to use data, technology and innovation to improve public health.

Encountering Headwinds

Polls indicate Democrats are losing their edge.

Officials say they are cracking down on contractor award fees

Detailed guidelines for granting award-fee contracts are on the way, Obama administration management chief tells lawmakers.

Congress will be hard-pressed to finish spending bills by Sept. 30

Lawmakers say a short-term funding extension is likely, but hold out hope they will be able to pass the appropriations bills individually rather than in an omnibus.

Senator pledges agriculture programs will continue

Head of Budget Committee says he expects agriculture programs to stay largely protected in the deficit reduction program he and the panel's ranking member have proposed.

Procurement policy office maintains low profile

Despite push for contracting reforms, President Obama has yet to name an executive to lead central policy shop.

Biggest companies rake in Recovery Act contracts

More than $1.5 billion in stimulus funds have gone to 17 of the largest government contractors.

From Nextgov.com: GSA posts Recovery.gov winning contract proposal

Much of the information in Smartronix's winning proposal was redacted to protect competitive information.

Food safety reform measure passes House by 2-1 margin

Bill requires more government inspections and oversight of food manufacturers and gives the FDA authority to order recalls.

Senate panel sends Labor-HHS, Transportation bills to floor

Committee plans to consider its last spending bill -- the Defense appropriations measure -- in early September.