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Senators: Army needs better info about soldiers

After Pentagon briefing on Fort Hood shootings, chairman and ranking member of Homeland Security panel conclude Army needs to upgrade its personnel policies.

IG will investigate whether department misused funds

Lawmaker wants probe into whether administration misused federal money when Education officials pushed schools to change how they make student loans.

Senator asks IRS to report on contractors’ unpaid taxes

Top Republican on Finance Committee wants figures on delinquent Medicare and Medicaid health care providers.

Appropriators give lifeline to helicopter program

Additional funding could keep the VH-71 alive and its workforce largely intact as the Pentagon reviews plans for fielding a new presidential helicopter.

Senate sends omnibus spending measure to Obama's desk

Package contains six appropriations bills that Congress ran out of time to pass individually.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, urges quick follow-up.

GAO upholds protests of Army truck pact

Watchdog says the service should re-evaluate three proposals for the five-year deal, whose price tag could reach $3 billion.

Democrat proposes raising net worth cap for minority small business program

Bill would increase the ceiling for participation in the 8(a) program from $750,000 to $978,722.

From Nextgov.com: Obama administration proposes metrics for testing FISMA performance

Recommended measures “encourage agencies to take concrete steps to improve their security,” announcement states.

Groups claim data on federal employees’ salaries is misleading

News analysis indicates that the number of government workers earning more than six figures has spiked during the last two years.

Senate leader files cloture on spending bill with 2 percent pay raise

Vote on the nearly $450 billion fiscal 2010 spending omnibus package is scheduled for Sunday.