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Obama tries to dampen Medicare fears

The president kicks off a week of lobbying for healthcare reform, insisting the proposal is good for older Americans.

Census is counting on ad campaign

Agency hopes its offbeat commercials will save money by encouraging more people to return forms.

Agencies’ progress meeting FOIA transparency mandate mixed

Research institute finds more pressure and leadership from the administration are needed to make significant changes.

From Nextgov.com: Audit blames OMB's lack of guidance for shoddy contracting data

But agencies also are responsible for accurate reporting of contract award spending, analysts say.

GAO upholds Afghan training contract protest

DynCorp International argues that the Army’s new proposed task orders were outside the scope of the underlying multiple awards contract.

Navy acknowledges schedule for F-35 fighter is slipping

Service had hoped to avoid delays that plagued the Air Force’s portion of the program, but now faces a 13-month lag.

White House to post spending bill earmarks

Move is part of a broader effort to boost transparency and accountability.

Blue Dogs advocate three years of spending cuts

The moderate Democrats will suggest reducing nonsecurity discretionary spending by 2 percent annually for three years, and then freezing spending levels for two years.

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Stimulus workload taxes agency staffs and missions

Survey shows other projects have been put on the back burner, leading to award delays and less contract monitoring.

GOP announces debt panel picks

Congressional leaders have pledged to take up the panel's recommendations before the end of the year and have lawmakers cast an up-or-down vote.