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Obama reveals rules on lobbyists

Federal lobbyists will be prohibited from any lobbying while they are at work on the transition.

Decision in Defense procurement case could set precedent

Observers say a federal court ruling that voids small business contracting goal could affect minority procurement programs governmentwide.

Contractors call for less partisan rhetoric, more substance

Industry is optimistic that the Obama administration and new Congress will establish a more harmonious tone.

Treasury official urges patience on rescue fund

The Bush administration has been reluctant to send rescue funds to companies not in the financial services field.

Appropriations seat shuffles under way in both chambers

Republican leaders will have up to eight seats to fill on House panel, while Senate committee gears up for new chairman.

Still angry Reid defends Lieberman

Senate majority leader reminds Democrats of embattled chairman's support of the party.

Some aspects of Bush management agenda could endure

The financial management, e-government and human capital initiatives are likely to live on; program assessments are headed for an overhaul, and competitive sourcing is in peril.

Political veterans map out recommendations, pitfalls for president-elect

Brookings Institution report suggests Obama should start with manageable and bipartisan legislative proposals.

Lieberman plans to take his case to Senate Democratic Steering Committee

Senator's fight to keep chairmanship could disrupt vetting and confirmation process for major appointments in Obama administration.

Blackwater could face sanctions for improper arms shipments

One official said 900 weapons were shipped improperly, though another said the figure is lower.