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Congress and unions cut a deal on health care.

Feds are left out of excise tax compromise

A proposed five-year delay of the Cadillac tax does not apply to most federal employees’ health care plans.

Defense takes aim at contractor business systems

Proposed rule would allow contracting officers to withhold fees if systems for accounting, purchasing or estimating are deemed deficient.

From Nextgov.com: Defense launches online system to coordinate Haiti relief efforts

Web portal with multiple social networking tools was slated to test a simulated Haiti relief effort two days before the earthquake hit.

Dems aim to send health bill to CBO Friday

Taxes are still an issue in negotiations.

Senate takes on thorny debt limit increase

Bill would raise limit above the $13 trillion ceiling the House approved last year.

Marines cite mounting equipment needs

Congress so far has approved about $16 billion to repair and replace equipment lost in combat.

White House solicits advice from industry on modernizing government

Top leaders discuss ways to upgrade technology in government to improve management.

Customs got alleged terrorist's name days before flight

But officials assert that Abdulmutallab would not have been flagged because he was not already identified in key intelligence and law enforcement databases.

Admiral: Fleet size hinges on larger maintenance budget

Navy official says he doesn't know how much more improved ship maintenance will cost, but has ordered his command to cut expense everywhere it can.

Report calls for overhaul of presidential transition process

Observers say political objections could make reforms difficult.