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KBR, Halliburton reach agreement in bribery case

Two firms will pay $579 million in penalties to settle allegations of bribing Nigerian government officials to earn contracts.

From Nextgov.com: Final stimulus bill preserves IT spending, with some exceptions

Electronic health records, broadband and agencies' modernization projects receive big money , while some projects hit the Hill's cutting room floor.

Senate confirms former lobbyist as Defense deputy

William Lynn is approved by a 93-4 vote, while CIA and Labor Department nominations advance.

Officials look to contain FAA information security breach

Agency says it is looking at short- and long-term plans, including offering employees free credit monitoring, to address the problem.

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OPM gives Pentagon personnel system high marks

Multiple layers of oversight and data on performance ratings make the National Security Personnel System fair and transparent, report says.

Senate strips protections for federal whistleblowers from stimulus bill

Chamber removes safeguards for government workers but strengthens them for employees of organizations in line to receive stimulus funding.

Gregg steps out of the running for Commerce chief

Senator cites disagreements with President Obama on oversight of the U.S. Census Bureau and the economic stimulus package.

GOP threatens legal action over Census oversight

Republican leadership urges President Obama to reverse decision to extend its jurisdiction to the agency.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (left) and OMB Director Peter Orszag issued the order on behalf of President Obama.

White House orders agencies to plan oversight of stimulus spending

Agencies must appoint senior-level officials by Feb. 13 to manage recovery funds.

Bill would expedite VA health care spending

Legislation would fund department’s medical programs for two years at a time starting in fiscal 2011.