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Deficit panel meets with CBO and CRS

Group will discuss ways to control the growth of discretionary spending.

House panel mulls separate patent bill

Potential legislation would give PTO fee-setting authority and bar Congress from diverting PTO funds to other uses.

From Nextgov.com: Panel advances bill to make chief technology officer, cyber czar permanent jobs

Legislation aimed at streamlining FISMA to improve information security processes and ease reporting burden on agencies.

Interior chief orders review of drilling operations

Minerals Management Service faces increased scrutiny for oversight of offshore oil and gas activities.

Labor-management council delays reporting on bargaining expansion

OPM Director John Berry requests an extra 30 days to provide recommendations to White House on pilot programs.

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.