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Civilian agencies lag behind Defense on contract audits

Backlogs with federal auditors spur some agencies to seek support from more expensive private sector contractors.

Oracle pays $46 million to settle Sun Microsystems kickback claims

Sun and other technology vendors allegedly paid consulting firms when they recommended agencies purchase their products.


Agency buy-in called key to success of Government Performance Act

Sen. Mark Warner helps push recommendations for standardized data to gauge program effectiveness.

Interior unveils new scientific integrity policy

Advocacy groups embrace rules designed to prevent political manipulation of findings, but seek further refinement.

For-profit college group sues GAO for 'professional malpractice'

Coalition alleges the watchdog agency produced a “negligently written, biased and distorted report that foreseeably caused substantial financial injury.”

Open Season in the Senate

Control of the chamber could hinge on how many incumbents from both parties decide not to run in 2012.

Boeing and EADS are competing to replace the Eisenhower-era tankers the service currently flies.

WTO ruling adds new fuel to tanker debate

Finding that Boeing got illegal subsidies is not expected to affect the Air Force's decision on who wins the lucrative contract.

Amendments on FAA bill could jam Senate for weeks

The agency's current authorization runs out in early March.

CIA Director Leon Panetta has given a series of public speeches on national security priorities.

Spy agency steps into the public eye

The CIA is taking open government efforts seriously, releasing documents and airing candid assessments of past operations.

Senators aim to stave off 3 percent tax withholding for contractors

Controversial requirement intended to ensure tax compliance is slated to take effect next year.