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Democrats set fast schedule for Defense bill

Senate leaders want to clear floor for health care legislation and vote on Supreme Court nominee.

From Nextgov.com: Maryland firm wins contract to revamp Recovery.gov

The General Services Administration awarded Smartronix of Hollywood, Md., an $18 million deal to help government better track stimulus funds.

Military construction-VA spending bill sails through Senate panel

Measure includes $76.7 billion in discretionary spending, an amount that is $439.1 million above President Obama's request.

Lawmakers, watchdog question effects of stimulus

Government Accountability Office says funds have helped states stave off short-term fiscal woes, but critics doubt job creation claims.

Rolling the Dice

House vote on the climate bill hints at potential trouble in the Senate -- and for some Democrats in 2010.

Senate approves Legislative Branch bill, moves to Homeland Security

The $3.1 billion spending measure is the first fiscal 2010 appropriations bill the chamber has approved this year.

GAO: Costs of Coast Guard modernization to soar by $2 billion

Projected costs have jumped from $24.2 billion to $26.3 billion, and could increase further, analyst tells lawmakers.

Groups warn against reinventing the wheel on management reform

Administration should build on existing frameworks for evaluating the performance of programs, report says.

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Pay and benefits legislation awaits lawmakers

Congress could vote on several measures before August recess that would affect federal pay raise, retirement and leave.

From Nextgov.com: Nurse files privacy suit against IT sections in stimulus spending law

Beatrice Heghmann alleges billions of dollars earmarked for creating electronic health records put personal data 'a mouse-click away from . . . an intruder.'