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IG: Alaska native firms winning a disproportionate share of 8(a) contracts

Small Business Administration watchdog releases a stinging audit days before a Senate hearing on contracting preferences for ANCs.

From Nextgov.com: Senate approves E-Verify expansion

Amendment to Homeland Security spending bill allows employers to use electronic verification system for existing employees as well as new hires.

Regulatory nominee courts lawmakers, farm groups

Cass Sunstein is working at OMB on an unconfirmed basis.

Obama vows to veto Senate bill with F-22s

Armed Services panel leaders hope letter from Obama will resonate with their colleagues and generate support for an amendment to strip the bill of funding for fighter jets the administration does not want.

From Nextgov.com: Details of Recovery.gov redesign contract revealed

Transparency groups and project management specialists were concerned by the lack of information on the deal, which could be worth up to $18 million.

Private sector not necessarily a model for hiring reform

Some practices such as relying primarily on résumés aren’t suitable for the federal government, consultancy says.

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OMB questions GAO on small biz decisions

Recommendations conflict with SBA rules regarding parity among small disadvantaged businesses, budget chief says.

Levin, McCain expect some flak in Senate's F-22 dogfight

Committee leaders face uphill battle in stripping authorization bill of funding for fighter jets the Obama administration does not want.

IG: Secure Border Initiative lacks effective oversight

Contractors are performing work that should be done by government employees, auditors find.

Pace of stimulus contracting picks up

Private sector Web site finds that federal, state and local governments so far have paid $21 billion to contractors.