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Democrats delay conference on supplemental

Liberal Democrats say they would oppose the bill if it includes a provision allowing Defense to withhold prisoner photographs.

From Nextgov.com: VA 'relinquished oversight' of IT projects under agreement

According to an internal report, the agency did not know basic details of millions of dollars of a IT work contracted out to SPAWAR, including higher-than-average management fees.

Scramble begins for top GOP post on Armed Services Committee

At least three lawmakers have expressed interest in the ranking member spot Rep. John McHugh will vacate if he is confirmed as the Army secretary.

FDA chief: More money is needed for inspections

Margaret Hamburg says inspecting a domestic food facility costs more than $900,000.

Energy secretary is surprised by nuclear disclosure

Steven Chu learned from media reports about the disclosure of confidential documents showing the whereabouts of stockpiles of nuclear weapons and fuel.

Agencies should link diversity and retention goals, says EEOC

Hiring a minority employee simply to fulfill diversity requirements is not enough, says acting chairman.

Air Force need for F-35s is under review

Whether the service ultimately buys more or fewer fighters than planned depends on Quadrennial Defense Review.

Former Defense leaders call for simpler acquisition system

Proposed reforms include issuing more multiyear contracts and eliminating burdensome regulations.

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IG: Energy is setting a poor example for conservation

Despite leadership role, department hasn’t sufficiently reduced the energy consumption of its own computer systems.

From Nextgov.com: GSA nominee says Networx transition is too slow

Martha Johnson warns that at current rate the government will not complete the telecommunications shift before the contracts expire in two years.