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Speaker dislikes surtax to pay for war

Pelosi also says House members will seek more details on Obama's Afghanistan plan so they can "make some judgment about the nature of the threat."

Bill would require agencies to recognize security clearances governmentwide

Bipartisan legislation is similar to 2008 executive order aimed at streamlining background checks on federal employees and contractors.

DHS still struggling with management

Annual IG audit finds limited progress on major management challenges.

Administration goes after noncompliant Recovery Act recipients

OMB chief orders agencies to identify and possibly punish entities that failed to report their spending.

From Nextgov.com: White House cyber coordinator should have budget authority, former officials say

The current decentralized budget process hinders the administration’s ability to develop and implement a governmentwide cyber strategy .

Northrop threatens to quit contest for tanker contract

Company's president says the Pentagon must significantly change the parameters of the competition for it to be worth participating.

Obama says Afghan surge will cost $30 billion in fiscal 2010

Debate begins over how the administration will come up with the money.

Lawmakers eye Afghanistan withdrawal date, funding

Senate panel holds the first in a series of congressional hearings on Obama's decision to deploy 30,000 more troops.

From Nextgov.com: VA nixes troubled tech projects

The department ends or slashes funding for 15 IT projects as part of new accountability program.

Contracts might not be getting enough credit for stimulus job creation

Private sector analysts find Recovery Act contracts helped generate 407,000 jobs to date; project 1 million more next year.