Administration this month plans to unveil a proposal drawing a clearer line between contract and inherently governmental work.
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Agencies reported $98 billion in improper payments in 2009; outlays far outpace revenues over long term.
Legislation would expand the name of the department and its secretary to the "Navy and Marine Corps."
Pentagon study advises against funding an alternate engine for the jet, despite finding that doing so would cost no more than procuring only the primary engine.
Contracting observers cite lack of oversight and inadequate competition as significant weaknesses in fee-based procurement arrangements.
Administration reportedly considering a plan that would favor contractors who pay employees a prevailing wage, offer health care.
Provision creating criminal penalties for CIA interrogators who use cruel or inhuman methods to extract information from suspected terrorists was dropped.
New policy grants all personnel access to social networks but continues to block sites related to pornography, gambling and hate crimes.
As group seeks to set standards for future efforts, union leaders accuse agency labor relations officials of past “obstruction.”
Pentagon wants to avoid a scenario in which there is only one bidder for the pact, which is worth as much as $40 billion.