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From Nextgov.com: NIST releases more development standards for smart electric grid

Requirements focus on cybersecurity and interoperability issues to improve technical capabilities, energy management and data exchange.

Senate is set to limit funding for White House czars

To qualify for appropriations, policy coordinators would have to appear before congressional panels and submit biannual reports to lawmakers.

White House kicks off budget-cutting contest for federal employees

Winner will meet with President Obama and the submission will be included in the Executive Office's fiscal 2011 budget proposal.

GAO says State Department needs to revisit hardship pay

Reports find that despite efforts, department still needs to fill posts in dangerous areas as well as beef up officers' foreign language skills.

DCAA called out again over mismanagement

Agency leaders cite improvements to correct audit problems, but Senate panel says complete overhaul is needed.

House aims for Thursday vote on stopgap spending bill

Legislation would keep the federal government running after the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30, giving lawmakers more time to finish appropriations measures.

Justice official keeps mum on privacy rights

Pending legislation would reauthorize and modify three provisions of the PATRIOT Act that expire at the end of this year.

Air traffic controllers approve new contract

Vote ends three-year dispute with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Lack of Self-Awareness

Blue state Democrats don’t seem to realize their party has a problem.

White House stepping up defense of consumer agency

The strategy is a reverse of the path the administration has taken on the healthcare debate, where it allowed Congress to dictate the details and stayed out of the fight until late in the process.