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Senate passes bill to provide funding for Federal Executive Boards

Legislation would codify permanent funding and require agencies to detail senior staff to run the boards.

Federal employees have fewer health insurance choices this year

As Open Season begins, choices are more limited than before as several plans leave the federal program or reduce their coverage.

Gates-Holder letter might provide political cover for senators

The Cabinet secretaries oppose an appropriations bill amendment that would block funds for trying suspected terrorists in federal courts.

Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., is disappointed in USPS’ cost-cutting efforts.

Postal Service eyes options beyond layoffs and buyouts

Agency is looking at adding retail and other services to boost revenue.

Managers discourage agencies from solo IT shopping

Contracting officers can save time and money by taking advantage of governmentwide arrangements, procurement conference panelists say.

From Nextgov.com: Defense: Open source software is more secure, yes more, than commercial code

Publicly available code has fewer security holes because more programmers work on the free programs than the number writing proprietary programs for commercial firms.

House votes on chemical bill set for Friday

The bill would reauthorize and expand the Homeland Security Department's ability to regulate security at chemical facilities.

Negotiators race the clock to finish spending legislation

Five of 12 appropriations bills have been sent to President Obama.

New alliance hopes to spur new talent in procurement field

Strategic Partnership on Acquisition Recruitment Coalition to focus outreach on university students.

Acting GSA chief says agency is gaining clout

Recovery Act implementation and green government efforts have put GSA at the forefront of the White House’s agenda.