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Obama plan targeting Taliban, al-Qaida draws praise

President says infusion of 4,000 troops will bolster Afghan army.

USDA secretary favors strong link between performance measures and goals

Tom Vilsack cites technology and personnel as critical to good government management.

Small firms worry Alaska native corporations will crowd them out

Some businesses have given up on competing against ANCs for government work.

Army pulls out of hearing on Future Combat Systems program

Agency spokesman says focus of hearing is too closely aligned with ongoing "predecisional" budget and acquisition discussions within Defense.

Obama's pick for EPA deputy suddenly withdraws name

Jon Cannon says the scrutiny surrounding former foundation was a "distraction" to the agency.

Army increases ranks of contracting personnel, but gaps remain

Service plans to boost its acquisition workforce by 131 military employees and 347 civilian workers in fiscal 2009, officials say.

Lawmakers weigh ending fraud-riddled HUBZone program

The Small Business Administration promises improvements after the second report of rampant abuse in less than a year.

Senate Democrats move ahead on fiscal 2010 budget resolution

Majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he would not rule out using the reconciliation process if Republicans threaten to block a floor vote.

IG report finds holes in food-tracing system

For four of 40 retail products, investigators could not even identify facilities likely to have handled the food.

DHS watchdog recommends steps to improve immigration benefits processing

Homeland Security and State Department have joint responsibility for timeliness of immigration benefits.