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Defense secretary weighs whether to urge veto of authorization bill

Pentagon staff is evaluating if funds allocated for an alternative engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which the administration opposes, is grounds for veto.

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Contractors report generating tens of thousands of jobs under stimulus

Winners of federal contracts created or saved one job for every $70,000 received.

Staff shortages linked to Defense audit agency problems

DCAA could boost its workforce by as many as 700 employees, but lawmakers remain concerned.

Democrats thwart GOP bid to stop Gitmo transfers

Final Homeland Security spending bill allows detainees to be brought to the United States for trial.

Senate passes Energy and Water spending bill

Action comes after Sen. Tom Coburn held up the legislation over exclusion of language requiring public disclosure of certain mandatory reports from agencies to Congress.

From Nextgov.com: DHS proposes standards for how the private sector should prepare for disasters

Industry fears the voluntary standards are too rigid and eventually could be made mandatory for companies looking to do business with the government.

Recession helps military recruiters reach 36-year high

The four services and their National Guard and reserve components signed up 296,505 young men and women in fiscal 2009.

Bid to cut off debate on Commerce-Justice spending bill fails

Democrats accuse Republicans of using legislative stalling tactics.

Barofsky cites Treasury 'failure' on bonuses

Watchdog says communication between Treasury and the Federal Reserve was "virtually nonexistent."

CBO forecasts rising Defense costs

Real growth in pay and benefits for the Defense Department's military and civilian personnel will contribute to increased spending.