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Gates names acquisition reform among Pentagon’s top priorities

Defense secretary vows to combat a culture that hinders effective procurement practices.

Forward Observer: Dear President Obama

Even the Pentagon will need to cut back in the face of the economic crisis.

Obama takes first steps on energy plan

Money from the economic stimulus package will go toward retrofitting government buildings to make them more energy-efficient.

Survey finds that majority of contractors increased revenue during 2007

Annual questionnaire shows only modest profits, despite greater revenue.

Key Senate Republicans won't oppose Pentagon nominee

Graham and McCain signal they won’t hold up the nomination of Bill Lynn, though McCain asks for details on which issues the former lobbyist would be recused from handling.

From Nexgov.com: Defense cybersecurity budget request likely a third more than reported

More than $1 billion in fiscal 2009 IT security budget request embedded in general program spending, not linked to networks, research group estimates.

Senate stimulus bill also contains windfall for federal agencies

The $825 billion package allocates funds for construction, operations and energy efficiency projects.

House Democrats prepare bill to overhaul FDA

Agency scientists say they were "ordered, intimidated and coerced" by managers to modify unfavorable determinations during Bush administration.

Solis becomes latest nominee slowed by GOP roadblocks

Pick to lead the Labor Department is up against an anonymous hold, placed partly in response to her support for card-check legislation and a pay-discrimination measure.

Overturning 'midnight' regulations presents challenges

Many steps taken by Bush were specifically designed to make last-minute rule changes difficult to reverse.