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Tough choices confront defense budget cutters

The Pentagon is looking for $100 billion in savings over five years, but it might not be as easy to find fat as it appears, analysts say.

Defense policy bill could affect insourcing efforts

Provisions would prohibit quotas and require agencies to give “special consideration” to bringing several categories of contract work back in house.

Vice President Biden and OMB chief Orszag announced the initiative.

Obama directs government to withhold pay from delinquent contractors

The new Do Not Pay list alerts agencies to the status of recipients of federal funds.

From Nextgov.com: Data.gov’s next big thing: Mashing up federal stats with maps

With new tools, anyone will be able to diagram official statistics from across the federal government to discover interesting correlations or suspicious trends .

Guard work defies easy labels

Witnesses tell wartime contracting panel a nuanced approach is needed to identify which security jobs should be off-limits to contractors.

IG launches new probes of domestic surveillance

Justice office will review records of use of national security letters, which are demands for information without a court order.

Key Dems criticize HHS reshuffling of public health fund

Under plan money would be used to increase the physician workforce instead of disease prevention.

Homeland Security officials weigh more UAV border patrols

A long-standing obstacle to deploying more aerial drones in U.S. civilian airspace has been getting approval from the FAA.

Senate eyes FAA, collective bargaining bills

The chamber's schedule through July 4 remains in flux.

White House makes case for authority to perform spending surgery

Lawmakers raise concerns about bill that would provide the president with expedited budget rescission authority.

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