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Lawmakers urge continued attention to Coast Guard acquisition reform

Bill would require the service to take precautions such as testing new assets for compliance with contractual and safety requirements.

Budget resolutions come into focus

Lawmakers from both parties expect Congress to pass a budget blueprint this year that reflects the goals set out in President Obama's fiscal 2010 outline.

Brownback promises battle on Iraq ambassador nominee

Kansas senator says Christopher Hill misled Congress in testimony last year when he was handling six-party talks on North Korean nuclear disarmament.

Postmaster General to face Congress over compensation

With deferred compensation and performance incentive pay, John Potter's package came to more than $850,000 in fiscal 2008.

General says budget will favor versatile missile defenses

Vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says financial pressures demand that the Defense Department buy systems adaptable to unexpected threats.

Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue

Lawmakers eye claims backlog at SSA

A congressional hearing on Tuesday will focus on the agency’s unprecedented logjam of disability benefits claims.

From Nextgov.com: Number of infected Web sites sharply increases in 2008

Agencies should protect their Web sites from infection and take measures to keep employees from being tricked into visiting sites that contain malware.

Former OMB management chief named to head Recovery Act implementation

G. Edward DeSeve will direct interagency efforts as special adviser to President Obama and assistant to Vice President Biden.

Homeland Security chief defines 'trigger point' for border response

Napolitano says United States will send personnel if Mexican drug cartels target American officials or if violence in U.S. border towns grows.

Holder shifts rules on Freedom of Information Act requests

New policies are aimed at ushering in "a new era of open government."