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Intensity Matters

In a midterm election in which turnout is inherently lower than in presidential years, the most-motivated voters carry a disproportionate advantage.

West Point privatization plan expected to be canceled

Move follows GAO ruling citing flaws in how the Army reached a decision to outsource public works jobs.

Official: Hill was not informed of other intelligence activities

Senior administration official does not disclose specific instances, but agrees that the process for congressional notification needs to be improved.

FEMA is unable to measure funding benefits

Agency official says billions spent on homeland security since 2002 have made country safer, but admits FEMA has no way to definitively assess the improvement.

Congress in no rush to cut mail delivery

One of the stumbling blocks is disagreement over how much money the Postal Service would save by stopping Saturday service.

Draft climate change bill puts USDA in lead on emissions

Proposal would require the Agriculture secretary and EPA administrator to develop a carbon credit program within one year of enactment.

OMB contracting guidance expected to be released this week

Memo will cover acquisition workforce and outsourcing, among other procurement issues.

Administration replaces beleaguered director of Defense agency

April Stephenson, head of the Defense Contract Audit Agency, has been reassigned to the Pentagon comptroller’s office.

Stopgap measure might hitch a ride on Interior spending bill

Continuing resolution would keep the federal government running through Dec. 15.

Group asks administration to measure results of stimulus projects

Report argues for metrics to evaluate the Recovery Act’s effect in areas such as public safety and road repair.