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Gates warns against deep Defense cuts

Defense secretary calls deficit commission's recommendations to slash Pentagon budget "unnecessary and unrealistic."

Agencies chip away at improper payments

Data show overall rate of mistaken expenditures has declined, while the percentage of recovered funds has jumped.

Privacy advocates want Hill probe of airport scanners

Groups cite concern over safety of machines.

Analysis: Seizing a $400 billion opportunity

Ten strategies to cut the fat from federal procurement.

Panel: DHS assessment of biodefense facility falls short

National Research Council says Homeland Security used arbitrary assumptions in evaluating risk.

Senior acquisition officials question procurement policy direction

Survey shows government professionals have doubts about how contracting policies are being implemented.

Senate minority leader will back earmark ban

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says he will take his own advice and listen to the American people.

Bureau of Prisons employee wins cost-cutting contest

Federal workers will have to opt-in to receive the Federal Register in paper form.

Senate majority leader goes easy on deficit-cutting plan

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., has been more muted in his criticism of the proposal than other Democrats, saying it provides a good starting point for discussions.

Republicans divided on defense cuts

Fissure opens between GOP lawmakers who say spending on the military is necessary to recover from a decade of war, and fiscal hawks focused on reducing the deficit.

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