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Defense opts for multiyear F/A-18 deal

Officials say purchase would save 10 percent over a traditional contract.

Hiring reform could signal end of federal internship program

Unions feel confident OPM review will lead to program’s elimination.

House panel poised to cut nearly $1B in Army programs

Program that includes small unmanned air and ground vehicles is emerging as one of the biggest targets for cuts in the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill.

April deficit of $82.7 billion sets record for month

Increase is fueled by spending to invigorate the economy and a fall in revenue.

Panels OK special ops, cybersecurity funds

Other approved funds included $168 billion for the military's operations and maintenance accounts.

From Nextgov.com: Laptop stolen from VA contractor contains veterans’ personal data

Rep. Steven Buyer, R-Ind., tells Veterans Affairs secretary that hundreds of the department’s contractors are not adhering to rules and regulations requiring them to encrypt data stored on computers.

Federal acquisition councils anticipate mandate to increase transparency

But the administration has not yet directed agencies to post contract documents online.

Senator concedes floor time for budget resolution hard to get

Other legislative priorities, including a war supplemental, could crowd out the spending blueprint.

House panel boosts military pay raise

Increase of half a percentage point over administration request comes just days after Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked Congress to hold the line on raises.

Committee approves three veterans bills

Bills range from therapeutic companion dogs to chiropractors for injured or emotionally troubled vets.