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Census chief defends Super Bowl commercial

Groves says the ad will pay for itself if it prompts people to mail back their 2010 questionnaires.

Senate leader throws his picks into deficit commission mix

Republicans are expected to make their selections soon.

DHS chief Janet Napolitano sent numbers to the Hill in response to a request.

Homeland Security contractors outnumber civilian employees

Senators call the department’s reliance on the private sector “unacceptable, untenable and unsustainable.”

Union calls for expanding definition of law enforcement officers

Changes would make more federal workers eligible for special retirement benefits and help agencies meet workforce challenges, officials say.

Lawmakers criticize shipbuilding budget

Members of both parties call proposed fiscal 2011 funding insufficient to build the fleet needed.

Northrop's Hill allies hit tanker RFP

Company officials have threatened to pull out of the competition amid concerns of favoritism.

Drugs, guns and violence dominate Blackwater hearing

Contractor accused of swiping guns belonging to Afghan police; weapons later were used in deadly shooting.

Spinning Our Wheels

Next year the makeup of Congress may be entirely different, but dysfunction will continue to reign.

Army resists immediate end to gay ban

In congressional testimony, officials recommended against a moratorium on discharging known homosexual service members until a review of "don't ask, don't tell" is completed.

Air Force will release tanker RFP on Wednesday

Pentagon officials have said they hope to award a contract this summer for the program, which is the service's top procurement priority.