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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.

Panel chaired by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., looks to overhaul high-ranking jobs.

Senators seek to eliminate 23 senior Pentagon positions

Lawmakers decry 'proliferation' of deputy undersecretaries, say positions should be redesignated with other titles.

House passes bill that increases spending on veterans

Bill typically receives bipartisan support, but this time around Republicans had procedural complaints.

From Nextgov.com: Panel approves record $3.3 billion IT budget for VA, with stipulations

Committee restricts more than $1 billion in system development funds until CIO Roger Baker completes his review of programs.

Performance measures should fit agencies’ specific missions, panelists say.

The federal government struggles to evaluate and demonstrate its productivity to the public, according to management observers.

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.