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Union steps up campaign against outsourcing debt collection

Group is hoping to preserve language in the omnibus spending bill that would bar the IRS from hiring private collection agencies.

White House taps experienced emergency manager to lead FEMA

Craig Fugate, director of the Florida division of emergency management, is well-known in the disaster response community.

GAO: Pentagon needs to better manage battlefield fuel consumption

Curbing the military’s massive appetite for energy could save lives and reduce operational risks.

Senate nixes bid to keep agency funding at 2008 levels

McCain is defeated in his attempt to replace the omnibus spending bill, which would increase spending by about 8 percent, with another continuing resolution.

Energy scrutinizes Los Alamos bookkeeping problems

Personnel cuts, the complex nature of the work and the department’s operation under a continuing resolution contributed to errors.

VA secretary vows action on benefits backlog

Eric Shinseki told the American Legion that he's taken on the issue of the claims backlog, but conceded he does not understand the problem.

Republicans take OMB director to task on budget assumptions

Peter Orszag defended the figures, saying they are "in line" with those of CBO when the cost of the $787 billion economic stimulus package is added.

First weekly stimulus reports arrive at OMB

Data on spending and other activities will be posted on agency Web sites and Recovery.gov.

From Nextgov.com: Government joins whistleblower lawsuit against EMC

Contractor is accused of http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20090303_7729.php>providing kickbacks to partners and overcharging GSA.

Winds of Change

It’s too soon to tell how the economic crisis will alter voters’ priorities, but clearly it will have an effect.