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GSA announces new chief of staff

Michael Robertson will focus on sustainability, open government, economic recovery and contracting.

Appropriator expects $4 billon fiscal 2011 discretionary cut

The cut would come on top of a White House proposal to freeze nonsecurity discretionary spending for three years.

Senators blast border security efforts

Lawmakers suggest administration terminate a troubled, multibillion-dollar virtual fencing contract in favor of more physical fencing.

Senator rips collective bargaining agreements on federal construction projects

Republican Susan Collins argues the administration’s policy favors unions and will increase contract costs.

From Nextgov.com: Justices question public employees’ expectations of privacy

The Supreme Court hears arguments concerning government workers’ Fourth Amendment rights .

Forward Observer: Rational Defense

The country is spending more than $1 trillion a year on national defense despite fighting only two little wars against enemies with no ships, warplanes or tanks.

OPM will launch branding campaign, test lab to recruit new hires

Director John Berry says he has assembled a ‘cool team’ to work on making federal service a popular destination.

Poll: Trust in government nose dives

Despite dismal figures, public still views federal agencies more positively than they do Congress.

Mark Warner heads a Senate task force on government performance.

Senator calls health care reform ‘mother of all implementation challenges’

Virginia Democrat pledges to ensure value of major programs is measured in a meaningful way.

HHS: Insurers should extend coverage early

Department urges insurance for dependents under 26 before health care reform becomes law in September.