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Groups want transparency in the spotlight

OMB Watch has circulated a sign-on letter among transparency groups urging the administration to "open the open government directive process" to the public.

Air Force submits smaller wish list

The modest request indicates that the services are heeding Defense secretary's calls to end the military's backdoor lobbying of Congress to secure money for items not included in the budget.

Air Force wants accelerated production of strike fighters

Chief of staff says it is "imperative" that the service buy at least 80 F-35s a year -- and as many as 110 annually -- as soon as possible.

Boost in Army personnel strength not needed, official says

General tells lawmakers he does not want a permanent increase in authorized personnel given the cost.

Maryland congressman’s background shapes his approach to public service

Democratic Rep. John Sarbanes weighs in on the administration’s attitude toward management reform, and congressional efforts to improve government.

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Agencies plan to issue most stimulus contracts competitively

Fixed-price deals will be prevalent, though wide use of such arrangements is impractical for some departments.

Defense personnel security clearance information is incomplete, GAO says

Pentagon and OPM have reduced processing times, but took four months to vet nearly 40 percent of initial security clearances in fiscal 2008.

Leveling Off

Buoyed by increasing optimism about the economy, President Obama’s approval ratings appear to have reached a high plateau.

House contracting caucus tackles acquisition workforce issues

Bipartisan group will host first public panel on Tuesday with procurement leaders.

Officials draft changes to Bush-era mandate on ID cards

Some of the biggest differences between the law and the proposed alternative deal with information-technology requirements.