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Coming soon: New guidelines on which federal jobs can be outsourced

Administration this month plans to unveil a proposal drawing a clearer line between contract and inherently governmental work.

GAO: Federal financial picture is grim

Agencies reported $98 billion in improper payments in 2009; outlays far outpace revenues over long term.

Marines storm the Hill seeking equal billing with Navy

Legislation would expand the name of the department and its secretary to the "Navy and Marine Corps."

New analysis fuels debate over alternative F-35 engine

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.

Interagency contracts aren't big money-savers, panelists say

Contracting observers cite lack of oversight and inadequate competition as significant weaknesses in fee-based procurement arrangements.

Proposed benefit for certain contractors draws fire

Administration reportedly considering a plan that would favor contractors who pay employees a prevailing wage, offer health care.

House resolves dispute, authorizes intelligence bill

Provision creating criminal penalties for CIA interrogators who use cruel or inhuman methods to extract information from suspected terrorists was dropped.

From Nextgov.com: Defense Department opens up to social media

New policy grants all personnel access to social networks but continues to block sites related to pornography, gambling and hate crimes.

AFGE President John Gage says unions are “gun-shy.”

Trust issues raised at first meeting of labor-management council

As group seeks to set standards for future efforts, union leaders accuse agency labor relations officials of past “obstruction.”

Officials still hope firms will compete for tanker deal

Pentagon wants to avoid a scenario in which there is only one bidder for the pact, which is worth as much as $40 billion.