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Senate, House to turn to spending bills

House is expected to finish the last of the 12 appropriations measures by the end of next week.

Obama wins vote on canceled engine

The action reverses years of strong support in the Senate for the second engine program.

From Nextgov.com: Security experts push to require federal information security guidelines

Inclusion of recommendations in NIST’s list of computer security controls seen as a positive first step.

Workforce challenges linger at Federal Air Marshal Service

Policies show signs of progress but aren’t perfect yet, witnesses testify before a House Homeland Security subcommittee.

Federal workforce reforms dropped from Senate Defense authorization bill

Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, vows to fight for FERS sick leave fix and locality pay in conference committee.

Buy America provision triggers rebuke

Spending bill language restricts vehicle purchases to the Big Three automakers; congressional aide says it simply restates GSA policy.

House considers pay/go bill

Supports say legislation is integral to deficit reduction efforts.

Intelligence chief wants to rebuild Hill relations

Dennis Blair also raised issues about the size of his workforce and number of federal contractors needed to support the intelligence community's operations.

Union and prisons director clash on funding

Labor representatives say bureau is not taking full advantage of money that could be spent on boosting staff.

Academy urges major management reform at Energy

Serious problems, especially in human resources, jeopardize department’s mission, independent review finds.