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Agencies get green light to try expanding collective bargaining topics

At least six will participate in pilot programs allowing unions to negotiate over new issues such as technology and work methods.

Clouds of smoke billow up from controlled burns in the Gulf of Mexico on May 19, 2010.

Coast Guard seeks private sector oil spill solutions

Contractors, scientists and nonprofits encouraged to send proposals for responding to the Gulf crisis.

Pentagon budget planning ‘out of sync’ with operational needs

In a new survey, Defense financial managers say budget process hinders warfighters.

Grant will help displaced NASA contractors

Labor Department provides $15 million for job training assistance for 3,200 Kennedy Space Center private sector employees.

Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn outlines strategy.

Pentagon maps out $100 billion cost savings plan

Cuts are part of a broader effort to curb federal spending.

DHS expands drone flights on Mexico border

Texas lawmakers have been trying for years for assistance but bureaucratic wrangling between Homeland Security and the FAA was a roadblock.

Lawmakers criticize growth of federal workforce

Republican pushes bill to return size of federal civilian workforce to ‘pre-Obama levels.’

From Nextgov.com: Panel to recommend certifications for cybersecurity workforce

New report from nonpartisan commission will suggest the federal government establish a certifying body to test skills of potential hires.

Obama picks Pentagon official as intelligence chief

Lt. Gen. James Clapper might not be a popular choice with some lawmakers, according to reports.

Some say certain guard jobs should not be outsourced.

Inherently governmental rule sparks little consensus

Many comment on the proposed rule change that would clarify functions suitable for outsourcing.