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Obama stands by decision to close Guantanamo

President also defends stance on torture, saying interrogation methods such as waterboarding are not necessary to keep the country safe.

Small businesses struggling to win Recovery Act contracts

Federal agencies so far have awarded only 10 percent of stimulus contracts to small firms.

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White House launches open government initiative

Administration kicks off Data.gov and proposes new design for Regulations.gov in bid to make government more transparent. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Panel lays out roadmap to rebuild acquisition workforce

Procurement experts call for more funding and training, less obsession with compliance.

Conferees reach deal on Defense acquisition reform bill

Agreement creates positions within the Pentagon, including a director for developmental test and evaluation and a director for systems engineering.

Lawmakers concerned over gaps in future NASA budgets

The proposed fiscal 2010 budget would give agency a 5 percent boost over current funding, but projects no real increase through 2014.

Senator begins groundwork for sweeping immigration bill

Chairman of Judiciary subcommittee announces a series of hearings and says he is "cautiously optimistic" about getting legislation passed this year.

Army, Navy submit modest wish lists for fiscal 2010 funding

Army's list of so-called unfunded requirements totals $952 million and the Navy's, $395 million.

Air Force wants to retire aging jets early

Cost savings and 4,000 positions would be redirected to more urgent requirements.

Recovery Act coordinator sees signs of progress

G. Edward DeSeve points to significant outlays and obligations of federal funds, rapid job creation.