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OMB nominee still on hold as Landrieu pushes drilling

Senate Democrats had wanted to approve Jacob Lew before leaving to campaign for the midterm elections, but the hold scuttled those plans.

Supreme Court will weigh in on NASA contractor dispute

Case involving privacy rights of California scientists could have significant impact on process of background checks.

From Nextgov.com: Space agency is headed for new information security requirements

Bill would require NASA to provide progress reports on real-time computer monitoring systems; move comes amid effort to update policies governmentwide.

Union blasts scaled-down Defense insourcing plan

AFGE tells the House Budget Committee that insourcing should be expanded, while contracting group calls for a halt to policy.

Senators: DHS isn’t improving management fast enough

Poor oversight and planning for major Homeland Security programs wastes millions and hinders mission.

Senate panel moves building security bill

Committee also passes legislation to beef up government performance.

Interior institutes scientific integrity policy

Directive applies to political and career appointees and forbids alteration of research data in policy actions.

The agency has been cutting employee work hours to reduce labor costs.

Congress declines to bail out Postal Service

Agency is on the hook for multibillion-dollar health fund payment as fiscal year ends.

House Democrats bar floor amendments to authorization bill

Republicans complain that legislation approving fiscal 2010 funding for intelligence agencies is outdated.

Mullen worried about threats to security gains in Iraq

Political paralysis could lead to new outbreak of violence, official says.

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