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Pentagon pursues productivity growth

As budgets tighten, the Defense Department and its contractors look for ways to cut costs and improve efficiency.

Obama makes recess appointments

President blames move on Republican obstruction.

Senators question Marshals Service over full-body scan images

Lawmakers say practice of retaining images taken during screening procedures at a federal courthouse in Florida could compromise individuals’ privacy.

Deficit estimate dips slightly this year, rises in 2011

This year's shortfall is projected to represent 9.1 percent of the gross domestic product, second only to last year's 9.9 percent mark.

Watchdog raps Homeland Security for conference fees

Inspector general instructs department to return more than $200,000 to the Treasury.

Lawmaker demands data on amount of spilled oil

Democrat says recently disclosed findings from NOAA might be giving the public "a false sense of confidence."

Military plans to test new helicopter alert threat system

The Pentagon is about to deploy a experimental system intended to help helicopters evade deadly small-arms fire.

From Nextgov.com: Saving 9 cents a day per computer adds up for the Air Force

A software program that turns off PCs at night combined with energy-efficient equipment reduces IT operating costs by $17 million a year.

Industry to Pentagon: Fix relationship between oversight agencies

Reforming roles of Defense audit and contract management agencies is one of many recommendations.

Master of disaster reflects on Deepwater Horizon's enduring lessons

Retired Adm. Thad Allen, who also led the government response to Hurricane Katrina, talks about how the oil spill could affect public policy.

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