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Hiring reform makes headway

Agencies are working hard to bring people on board faster and increase manager buy-in, officials say.

Secretary Gates called reforms the result of “very intense effort.”

New rules aim to rein in Defense spending

Guidance to acquisition staff will affect how the Pentagon spends $400 billion annually on weapons and services.

Obama expected to send nominations back

Renominating the officials is necessary because Republicans opposed an agreement that would have kept them pending on the Senate calendar.

Air Force secretary: 'Make hard choices now'

Michael Donley advises service leaders not to get "over-extended" in programs they cannot afford.

House GOP presses Democrats on spending

Republicans want to reduce spending to fiscal 2008 levels; Democrats oppose the proposal, pointing to a study that shows the cuts would be the deepest in recent history.

Commanders urged to think local in Afghan contracting

Memo indicates that contracts could be going to unscrupulous firms and says officials must do a better job of following the money.

Nearly 500 million eggs were recalled in August.

Survey: Political and corporate influence threatens public health

Nearly one-quarter of respondents said they received inappropriate requests to alter data from top agency leaders.

From Nextgov.com: SSA awards $2.8 billion services support contract

Four firms will compete for task orders to help the agency exchange electronic medical records, and expand Internet services for Medicare and supplemental security income applicants.

NASA contractors get help finding new jobs

Labor provides $5.3 million grant to help Texans affected by retirement of the space shuttle program.

Agency sustainability plans show the challenges of going green

Accurately gauging energy use is among the difficulties highlighted in newly released reports from 54 agencies.

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