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Transportation chief defends stimulus spending efforts

Ray LaHood says agency's component of the Recovery Act has provided a huge boost for construction jobs.

Watchdog: Stopgap spending measures tie agencies’ hands

Continuing resolutions cost agencies money and time and limit managers’ decision-making abilities.

From Nextgov.com: Homeland Security authorized to hire up to 1,000 cybersecurity specialists

The department doesn’t expect to hire that many, but the authorization will streamline recruitment efforts, said a department official.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, top commander in Afghanistan, has reportedly sought more troops.

More troops for Afghanistan might not be possible anytime soon

The Army already is deploying soldiers at the maximum rate, new study concludes.

Obama prohibits feds from texting while driving

Executive order bans text messaging while operating government-owned vehicles.

Senators clash over C-17 funding

Administration argues the military does not need more of the cargo planes, but the program employs 30,000 people in 43 states, making cuts politically difficult.

VA to continue work on energy efficiency

Health care facilities prove especially challenging for reducing energy consumption.

From Nextgov.com: Homeland Security kicks off final strategy dialogue

Comments and suggestions submitted through a Web portal will be incorporated into a report due to Congress by the end of the year.

The Lost Middle Ground

Bipartisanship is now studied as a relic of a bygone era.

Senate has full plate with Defense and stopgap spending bills

Continuing resolution would fund most agencies at fiscal 2009 levels, but would include a boost for veterans health and the 2010 census.