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OMB’s Jeff Zients briefed reporters on Thursday.

Contracting spending dips for the first time in 13 years

Government spent $15 billion less on contracts in fiscal 2010 than in fiscal 2009.

From Nextgov.com: Army taps Second Life for troop and family support

Virtual resiliency center will offer everything from exercise classes to tools for coping with the stress of multiple deployments.

Pentagon issued millions in contracts to suspended and debarred vendors

Report found Defense awarded nearly $5.4 million to negligent contractors between fiscal 2006 and fiscal 2009.

Army suspends all ongoing insourcing plans

Army Secretary John McHugh calls for a more comprehensive and analytical approach to bringing jobs back in-house.

Civilian agencies lag behind Defense on contract audits

Backlogs with federal auditors spur some agencies to seek support from more expensive private sector contractors.

Oracle pays $46 million to settle Sun Microsystems kickback claims

Sun and other technology vendors allegedly paid consulting firms when they recommended agencies purchase their products.

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Agency buy-in called key to success of Government Performance Act

Sen. Mark Warner helps push recommendations for standardized data to gauge program effectiveness.

Interior unveils new scientific integrity policy

Advocacy groups embrace rules designed to prevent political manipulation of findings, but seek further refinement.

For-profit college group sues GAO for 'professional malpractice'

Coalition alleges the watchdog agency produced a “negligently written, biased and distorted report that foreseeably caused substantial financial injury.”

Open Season in the Senate

Control of the chamber could hinge on how many incumbents from both parties decide not to run in 2012.