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From Nextgov.com: Pentagon orders system to track soldiers for brain injuries

After years of criticism for not properly diagnosing and treating troops affected by battlefield explosions, Defense calls for a database that would alert physicians to check for hard-to-detect concussions and brain damage.

Senator plans to expedite Petraeus' confirmation

Armed Services Committee chairman is confident McChrystal's replacement will be confirmed before July 4 recess.

Napolitano pushes back against border security critics

Responding to Republicans slamming the administration on border security, DHS chief says U.S.-Mexico border will never be totally sealed.

Sen. Daniel Akaka is spearheading the Senate effort.

Senate panel approves supervisor training bill

Legislation introduced in 2009 advances, after more than one year on the shelf.

Salazar to seek funding for drilling inspectors

Interior chief says he will request a fivefold increase, noting currently 62 inspectors are responsible for nearly 4,000 drilling activities in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gates: No one but Petraeus could step in

There was only one general officer poised to take over quickly and help troops in Afghanistan maintain their focus, according to the Defense secretary.

Senate passes improper payment bill

Legislation would require agencies to identify and recover nearly $100 billion in mistaken payments.

From Nextgov.com: OMB launches website to publicly hold agencies accountable for improper payments

Error rates and amounts publicized on site ; Internet users encouraged to report fraud, waste or abuse.

Navy working to meet cost-cutting goals, admiral says

Officials are looking for redundancies in organizations and programs, according to chief of operations.

House Democrats trim budget by $7B

Budget chairman says he hopes the House will take up the package before the July 4 recess.

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