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Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., applauded the new forecast, but said he remained concerned about the economic impact.

Defense contracting cuts might be much smaller than predicted

Official tells lawmakers reductions would apply narrowly to service support contracts.

Short-term spending measure advances pay freeze proposal

Continuing resolution funding agencies through early March contains a provision holding civilian salaries steady for two years.

Anne-Marie Slaughter directed the review.

State Department review promises transparency, civilian ‘face’

Pentagon-style quadrennial assessment sets agenda for multiagency coordination of foreign aid and crisis response.

Management challenges stymie hazardous waste cleanup

The Energy Department's poor record of overseeing contracts is threatening projects critical to public health and national security.

Senate working on short-term funding measure

Continuing resolution would fund agencies for 45 to 90 days early next year.

Democrats give up on omnibus bill, likely avert a shutdown

Senators abandon effort to pass a $1.11 trillion fiscal 2011 spending bill, will focus on short-term continuing resolution.

Sponsor Tom Carper said the plan "will go a long way in improving" government.

Senate passes, House rejects bill mandating new performance goals, better reporting

Measure requires agencies to name chief operating and performance improvement officers.

Maryland lawmaker gets top Democratic House oversight spot

Rep. Elijah Cummings will have to counter fiery incoming chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, who is expected to question the Obama administration aggressively.

From Nextgov.com: Defense tool linking disaster relief community set to relaunch by end of year

All Partners Access Network will improve chat functions and registration , as well as add e-mail.

Energy Department announces contractor pay freeze

Bonus payments also would be put on ice for two years.