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Disenchanted Dems

The president's grades have fallen, in some cases faster, among groups that supported him in 2008.

Appropriators slash F-35 purchases in fiscal 2011

Subcommittee's decision is to buy ll less fighters than the department requested; panel also excludes funding for alternate engine.

Nuclear program has Air Force both worried and hopeful

Administration's fiscal 2011 budget request includes a substantial funding increase to upgrade nuclear weapons facilities and modernize and sustain the weapons stockpile.

Lawmakers rap Amtrak for IG dismissal

Report by House and Senate Republicans finds agency broke the law by failing to first notify Congress.

EADS says tanker's flight test should help contract bid

Statement is the latest in a prolonged campaign of advertisements, news releases and public statements by two global competitors for what could be a $50 billion deal.

Bill to curb secret Senate holds could get vote soon

Measure is expected to be introduced as an amendment to defense authorization legislation.

From Nextgov.com: GSA grants dozens of agencies deadline exceptions for Networx

More than 40 agencies have until August 2011 to file plans to transition to the new telecommunications services.

Hiring reform makes headway

Agencies are working hard to bring people on board faster and increase manager buy-in, officials say.

Secretary Gates called reforms the result of “very intense effort.”

New rules aim to rein in Defense spending

Guidance to acquisition staff will affect how the Pentagon spends $400 billion annually on weapons and services.

Obama expected to send nominations back

Renominating the officials is necessary because Republicans opposed an agreement that would have kept them pending on the Senate calendar.