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California Republican wins chairmanship of House oversight panel

Rep. Darrell Issa has served as the committee’s ranking member for two years and plans to put the Obama administration under the microscope.

Viewpoint: Happy Birthday, Open Government Directive

The Obama administration has created an infrastructure that puts agencies on a path to proactively involving citizens in federal decision making.

Northrop sees rising demand for Global Hawks

The company is working closely with Air Force officials on addressing the concerns of Pentagon and Air Force acquisition executives over the growing cost of the program.

From Nextgov.com: USDA moves to the cloud

Agency plans to move 120,000 users to cloud-based messaging system.

Pay-Freeze Politics

Does Obama’s proposal to freeze federal pay signal a real change in direction or is just an idle gesture?

OMB Director Jack Lew called it a “critical milestone.”

Subcontractor, subgrantee data now available to the public

After nearly two years of delays, USASpending.gov opens a window to new levels of detail on government payments.

From Nextgov.com: GAO says plan to replace air traffic control system lacks performance metrics

Without specific goals for NextGen, FAA risks failure , watchdog warns.

Defense revises rule on contractor business systems

New proposal lowers the amount the government can withhold from contractors that don’t do enough to protect against waste, fraud and abuse.

Federal oil rig inspectors hit for lapses preceding BP spill

Presidential commission slams out-of-date training and coziness with industry as Interior regulators reorganize and prepare reforms.

Deficit commission finds a few more cuts to make

Homeland Security grant programs and international broadcast operations added to a list of more than $200 billion in proposed cuts the panel is fine-tuning.