Backlogs with federal auditors spur some agencies to seek support from more expensive private sector contractors.
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Sun and other technology vendors allegedly paid consulting firms when they recommended agencies purchase their products.
Sen. Mark Warner helps push recommendations for standardized data to gauge program effectiveness.
Advocacy groups embrace rules designed to prevent political manipulation of findings, but seek further refinement.
Coalition alleges the watchdog agency produced a “negligently written, biased and distorted report that foreseeably caused substantial financial injury.”
Control of the chamber could hinge on how many incumbents from both parties decide not to run in 2012.
Finding that Boeing got illegal subsidies is not expected to affect the Air Force's decision on who wins the lucrative contract.
The agency's current authorization runs out in early March.
The CIA is taking open government efforts seriously, releasing documents and airing candid assessments of past operations.
Controversial requirement intended to ensure tax compliance is slated to take effect next year.