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Gates warns against big cuts in future spending

Defense chief says Pentagon needs annual budgets that allow the military to battle a range of threats.

From Nextgov.com: Groups wrangle over public access to subsidized health care data

The records of physician claims paid by Medicare are not available to the public, but that could change under an administration pushing for greater transparency .

Report questions ballooning use of cost-plus contracts

Value of projects awarded under the risky arrangement has nearly doubled in the past eight years.

Former public diplomacy official weighs in on his successor at State

James Glassman urges his replacement to get out and talk to key players at other agencies.


Gates takes reform agenda to military officers

The Pentagon bureaucracy has marginalized the needs of troops and their families, Defense secretary tells future leaders.

Private sector zips past government in Recovery Act tracking

One company already has built a Web site it claims tracks all federal, state and local stimulus spending.

Congress returns to nominations, finance, water bill

Supplemental defense spending request and conference version of the fiscal 2010 budget resolution also are on the agenda.

Intelligence panels to probe NSA domestic monitoring activities

Newspaper report says agency went overboard collecting private e-mails and phone calls.

Attorney general orders refresher courses for federal prosecutors

Requirement comes in response to the botched prosecution of former Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska.

House set to work on budget, supplemental next week

Dems will push for conference committee approval of budget resolution followed by consideration of $83.4 billion defense supplemental.