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House to hold hearings on Defense cuts

Lawmakers and union representatives question rationale for contractor cuts and civilian hiring freeze.

From Nextgov.com: VA adopts standard identifier for vets in health and benefits programs

Unique 10-digit ID will be assigned using a system for federal employees mandated by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12.

Friends, family mourn Stevens

Colleagues on both sides of the aisle praise the former Republican senator for being forthright and for his tireless advocacy on behalf of Alaska.

Expert questions savings in Pentagon contractor cuts

Unless Defense scales back its mission, reducing service contractors won’t save money, former procurement executive says.

Alaska native firms lament loss of an advocate

Former Sen. Ted Stevens, killed in a plane crash on Monday, helped create a program that gives ANCs a leg up on federal contracts.

Less Is More

Swing voters increasingly think government is doing too much.

House passes border security bill

Despite opposition, chamber approves emergency $600 million spending bill to beef up security along U.S.-Mexican border.

Commerce reports $1.6 billion savings for decennial census

Officials attribute savings to good management and aggressive advertising.

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Pentagon abandons insourcing effort

Defense Secretary Gates says the initiative did not produce the savings he anticipated.

From Nextgov.com: Agencies could be prone to new kind of sophisticated cyberattack

The government should watch out for “man-in-the-browser” attacks that have been used to steal money from financial institutions, security expert says.

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