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Defense agency raises bar for reviewing contractor cost proposals

Audit unit is limiting assessments to fixed-price proposals worth more than $10 million and cost-type proposals in excess of $100 million.

Federal pay and benefits could change with new Congress

Republican takeover in House could set stage for federal pay freezes and downsizing.

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Administration outlines progress on reform efforts

‘We are putting points on the board,’ says acting OMB Director Jeffrey Zients of the Accountable Government Initiative.

Shutdown scenario appears unlikely

If they take control, House Republicans say they will not blunder into the same 1995 trap of closing the government.

House Oversight committee set for major re-emergence

Obama tormenter Rep. Darrell Issa is poised to chair powerful committee if GOP wins the House.

Education likely will escape the ax

Campaign noise about abolishing the department is just that -- noise.

Extension gives private security firms in Afghanistan some breathing room

Afghan President Hamid Karzai forms a committee that includes U.S. officials to develop a timetable to remove PSCs.

National Archives rapped for weak document security

Two GAO reports say risk of sensitive data breaches in digitization effort affects all agencies.

Joseph Westphal says Army should shift focus on workforce development from generalists to personnel with specific skills.

Official says Army must expedite civilian hiring process

Service should reduce hiring time from 130 to 80 days, Army undersecretary recommends.

Democrats call for investigation of Defense subcontracting

Five lawmakers ask GAO to review a program aimed at getting large contractors to sign on more small businesses.

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