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Negotiators agree on plan to fund agencies through mid-December

Stopgap spending measure will be attached to the Interior-Environment appropriations bill and will keep money flowing at fiscal 2009 levels until Dec. 18.

Probe of intelligence notification lapses includes Pelosi's briefings

Investigators will examine whether the CIA misled the House speaker about the use of waterboarding on terrorism suspects.

Senators clash over Homeland Security management nominee

Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins says Obama's pick for undersecretary for management at DHS lacks sufficient experience.

Agencies to expedite electricity transmission permits on federal land

New process aims to speed up grid modernization and spur renewable energy production.

Senators express concern about administration’s contracting guidance

Memos are too light on specifics and lack deadlines to hold agencies accountable for making reforms, lawmakers say.

From Nextgov.com: VA will turn to a contractor to reduce backlog of GI educational benefits

Solicitation is the department's latest effort to process what officials call an unprecedented volume of claims.

SBA proposes major revisions to small business contracting program

Changes would affect joint ventures, size and income determinations for potential participants.

Forum participants see ‘urgency’ in hiring reform

House majority leader also calls for overhaul of federal pay system.

OMB Director Peter R. Orszag called the changes "essential."

OMB calls for 5 percent growth in civilian acquisition workforce

Administration also addresses ways to reduce risky contract types and increase competition.

Unions express concern over new draft of labor-management order

Proposal backs away from requiring agencies to bargain over broader set of work rules.