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Catching Breaks

Republicans have real pickup opportunities in Pennsylvania and Hawaii special elections.

Watchdog group issues plea for fiscal 2011 budget resolution

Senate will consider spending plan on the floor after it finishes financial reform legislation; it is unclear whether a resolution will be taken up in the House.

Gates questions long-term need for 11 Navy carriers

Defense secretary signaled that the service may have to scale back or rethink its plans to pay for other priorities.

Ex-HUD chief cleared in contracts probe

Alphonso Jackson was under scrutiny for remarks suggesting he had canceled a government contract with a businessman who had criticized then-President George W. Bush.

From Nextgov.com: Unplugged VA computer affects treatment of cancer patients

Without network connection , doctors could not check X-rays of veterans with prostate cancer to determine how they were responding to radiation, the department’s inspector general reports.

Industry officials criticize ‘quota-driven’ Defense insourcing

Contractor trade group, labor union, express concern about Pentagon plan to move thousands of jobs in-house.

Lawmakers sponsor bill to allow earlier FEHBP enrollment for adult kids

Legislation would extend coverage to unmarried dependents during 2010.

Armed Services panels prepare for Defense authorization markups

House chairman advises against using measure as vehicle to legislate on "don't ask, don't tell."

Stimulus recipients report high job creation during first quarter

Recovery Act contracts, grants and loans funded more than 680,000 jobs during first three months of the year, according to new data.

Navy seeks time to decide F/A-18 aircraft deal

Top official says the service is still gathering facts and estimating possible savings under multiyear procurement.