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Senators seek funds for 12 more C-17s

President Obama does not want to buy more C-17 planes and says the military has an adequate supply.

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Battle brewing over command authority

Pentagon and nation's governors are at odds over control of federal military forces and role of National Guard during domestic crises.

Administration says it is committed to posting contracts online

Then-Sen. Obama sponsored legislation in 2008 to populate USASpending.gov with copies of government contracts.

Stimulus reporting registration off to a smooth start

About 3,000 recipients of Recovery Act money have enrolled at FederalReporting.gov so they will be prepared to submit spending information in October.

Timing of Senate food safety bill is uncertain

Legislation would expand FDA's access to firms' records on compliance and issue performance standards on food safety.

Cabinet secretaries issue swine flu guidelines

Employers should prepare for short staffing this fall, and encourage employees with flu-like symptoms to stay home, officials say.

SBA and Commerce will expand outreach to small and minority-owned firms

Procurement officials will highlight contracting opportunities at 200 events during the next 90 days.

OPM Director John Berry

OPM creates office to oversee the Senior Executive Service

Central unit will make management of the top ranks of federal officials more efficient, personnel chief says.

Strong management will be critical to health care reform

Administrative factors largely forgotten in the debate over plans to enhance the health system will be central to success, academies find.

Talking Points

Campaign committees are increasingly weighing in on policy issues as well as elections.