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Administration goes after noncompliant Recovery Act recipients

OMB chief orders agencies to identify and possibly punish entities that failed to report their spending.

From Nextgov.com: White House cyber coordinator should have budget authority, former officials say

The current decentralized budget process hinders the administration’s ability to develop and implement a governmentwide cyber strategy .

Northrop threatens to quit contest for tanker contract

Company's president says the Pentagon must significantly change the parameters of the competition for it to be worth participating.

Obama says Afghan surge will cost $30 billion in fiscal 2010

Debate begins over how the administration will come up with the money.

Lawmakers eye Afghanistan withdrawal date, funding

Senate panel holds the first in a series of congressional hearings on Obama's decision to deploy 30,000 more troops.

From Nextgov.com: VA nixes troubled tech projects

The department ends or slashes funding for 15 IT projects as part of new accountability program.

Contracts might not be getting enough credit for stimulus job creation

Private sector analysts find Recovery Act contracts helped generate 407,000 jobs to date; project 1 million more next year.

Administration officials defend science in wake of ‘climategate’

Pirated e-mails raise concerns about scientific integrity of data underlying energy policies.

A Voting Victory

The long-overdue MOVE Act could serve as a model for future election reforms.

Experts foresee need for fiscal 2010 Defense supplemental in spring

Influx of troops in Afghanistan could require tens of billions of dollars more than what has already been requested for this fiscal year.