The federal government struggles to evaluate and demonstrate its productivity to the public, according to management observers.
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Senate leaders want to clear floor for health care legislation and vote on Supreme Court nominee.
The General Services Administration awarded Smartronix of Hollywood, Md., an $18 million deal to help government better track stimulus funds.
Measure includes $76.7 billion in discretionary spending, an amount that is $439.1 million above President Obama's request.
Government Accountability Office says funds have helped states stave off short-term fiscal woes, but critics doubt job creation claims.
House vote on the climate bill hints at potential trouble in the Senate -- and for some Democrats in 2010.
The $3.1 billion spending measure is the first fiscal 2010 appropriations bill the chamber has approved this year.
Projected costs have jumped from $24.2 billion to $26.3 billion, and could increase further, analyst tells lawmakers.
Administration should build on existing frameworks for evaluating the performance of programs, report says.
Congress could vote on several measures before August recess that would affect federal pay raise, retirement and leave.